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On this day in 1938: 'Downwind' Gillan’s Hurricane flight

On February 10, 1938, Gillan hit the headlines when he flew his Hurricane (L1555) the 327 miles from Edinburgh to Northolt in just 48 minutes, at an average speed of 408 mph…

In case you missed it: Key.Aero’s Top Historic Articles of 2021

In case you missed any of them, we’ve put together our top 10 articles of 2021 for some seasonal reading!

The 18-year-old who flies a D-Day aircraft

Ellie Carter became Britain’s youngest Private Pilot’s License holder just hours into her 17th birthday. We went down to Devon to take a flight with one of Britain’s youngest historic aviation fans…

Passing of Kenneth Mayhew, 104

Mayhew was one of the last known 1/Suffolk Officers to land on D-Day

Historic aviation off and on screen

Andy Saunders didn't have much time for girlfriends as a young man; historic aviation was (and still is) a huge part of his life...

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The couple who spent eight years restoring a Nimrod simulator, part 3!

Having spent years tracking down parts, Sarah Thorpe and Geremy Britton now had just seven weeks to put it all together…

Historic Aviation Quiz

Here’s this week’s historic aviation quiz!

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The Marvellous Moynet Jupiter

Fighter and test pilot, member of parliament, government minister, racing driver… André Moynet was a man of many talents. No wonder that when he came up with a light executive aircraft, it was decidedly out-of-the ordinary. Thanks to an outstanding restoration effort, one of the two flying examples is now back in the air...

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WW2's Shadow factory raids

Birmingham’s aircraft shadow factories may have been in the Luftwaffe’s bombsights, but there was no serious interference to production. Why were its efforts so ineffective?

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How the end came for the Junkers Ju 52

The Junkers Ju 52/3m had formed the backbone of the Deutsche Lufthansa fleet since 1932. When war broke out, the German flag-carrier had to put itself at the disposal of the Reich, but despite the loss of many aircraft it still operated a reduced network with the tri-motors at its core — until, in 1945, the end became inevitable...