Historic

Key.Aero leads the way in the field of aviation history and heritage. Enjoy an outstanding mix of restoration and warbird features, fascinating articles on aviation history produced by some of the best writers in the business and in-depth and entertaining reports on all historic aircraft. Broad coverage spans the earliest years of flight through to the Cold War, encompassing countless aircraft types and their aerial achievements, plus Key.Aero offers the very latest historical aviation news.

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'We could hardly believe it'

PETE LONDON

No wonder Ray Parer and John McIntosh were so dumbfounded...

PETE LONDON
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HOOKS' TOURS - PILATUS P2

Given that its first flight took place on 27 April 1945, it was unsurprising the Pilatus P2 bore the appearance of a wartime design with Germanic overtones ...

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The Aeroplane News from February 1940

Ben Dunnell looks back 80 years to see how The Aeroplane covered momentous events of 1940...

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A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY - Air Transport Auxiliary

LETTICE CURTIS

A world of opportunity was how the late Lettice Curtis described flying as a ferry pilot for the Air Transport Auxiliary.

LETTICE CURTIS
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PROVING A POINT - BAC 221

HENRY MATTHEWS

It was an aircraft that led a double life...

HENRY MATTHEWS
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PILOT-MAKER GERMAN-STYLE

RICHARD MENAGE PHOTOGRAPHY: DARREN HARBAR

Among some 50 surviving Focke-Wulf Fw 44 Stieglitz trainers, just five original Bremen-built airframes remain...

RICHARD MENAGE PHOTOGRAPHY: DARREN HARBAR
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DATABASE: CONVAIR F2Y SEA DART

MATTHEW WILLIS

If aircraft carriers were vulnerable to nuclear strike,
water-based fighters provided an alternative...

MATTHEW WILLIS
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WORKSHOP: BRISTOL FASHION

BEN DUNNELL

Aerospace Bristol’s Bolingbroke project has so far proceeded somewhat out of the limelight...

BEN DUNNELL
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AEROPLANE MEETS... RICHARD GRACE

BEN DUNNELL

It was his childhood dream to fly Second World War aeroplanes...

BEN DUNNELL
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VERTICAL LEAP - VAAC Harrier

RICHARD SCOTT

It might seem a huge step from 1969-vintage Harrier to 21st-century Lightning II, but one very historic aircraft links them.

RICHARD SCOTT