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The Spitfire world record holder

Straight after Flt Lt Charlie Brown notched an astonishing 1,500 hours flying Spitfires, Key.Aero spoke to him about what makes this iconic aircraft so special.

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The World’s Greatest Spitfire collection, part 2

Covid has temporarily scuppered organised tours of the Heritage Hangar at Biggin Hill, so we went to have a mooch ourselves to give you a feel for it. Here’s the second part of our guided tour…

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Two blokes and a Merlin engine!

Look what Spitfire restorer Tony Hoskins just happened to have in the back of his van! He and Cambridge University engineering professor, Hugh Hunt, discuss one of the great inventions of the 20th Century.

Arpingstone Article

Fifty facts about Concorde

It did 250mph at take-off, 17 miles to the gallon per passenger – and once had to fly a haggis to Bahrain…

A380 Article

The 5 Reasons Why The Airbus A380 Is On The Way Out 

It was technical masterpiece that both pilot and passenger loved, but it didn’t do what any commercial venture needs to: make money. Thomas Haynes details why one of Airbus’ largest gambles hasn’t paid off.

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EXCLUSIVE: Flying the X-59 QueSST

In the second of a series of exclusive videos, Key.Aero speaks with Lockheed Martin's resident test pilot, Dan "Dog" Canin, who will be one of the few pilots to fly the X-59 QueSST low-boom demonstrator.

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The Sea Vixen: 17 tons of naval jet fighter

Operational throughout the 1960s, the Sea Vixen was a 55ft-long beast capable of 690mph.

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Spitfires and Red Arrows salute RAF Mildenhall!

Established in 1930, RAF Mildenhall was used during World War II and is still in use today. A quartet of Supermarine Spitfires led the celebrations…

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The Humming Bird: de Havilland's first light aeroplane

Devised for the early days of air racing, the RAF even investigated the possibility of launching Humming Birds from beneath airships…

Airbus A300 Article

How Airbus struggled to sell its first aircraft

Half a century on from Airbus Industrie’s founding, Key.Aero recounts the airframer’s first steps on its road to the top and speaks with Barbara Kracht, a 35-year Airbus veteran to find out how the venture nearly failed at the first hurdle

JetBlue A220 Article

VIDEO: Exclusive guided tour of JetBlue’s new A220 cabin

Ahead of beginning services with the new jet in the spring, Key.Aero meets Mariya Stoyanova, the airline’s director of product development who provides a tour of the aircraft’s brand-new cabin

777 in-flight Article

VIDEO: Flight schools fight back against gloomy pilot jobs outlook

Last month, the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) effectively told prospective pilots not to bother training because of COVID-19’s impact on the aviation industry. Key.Aero spoke to four flight schools to find out why they feel very differently…

Scott Article

VIDEO: Former airline pilot Scott Birrell's incredible first flying job

Former airline pilot and author, Scott Birrell details his unbelievable endeavours while assisting in the recovery of five Douglas DC-3 aircraft from Entebbe Airport in Africa

Boeing Article

Why did a 787 fly above 1,000 microphones 88 times?

Over an eight-day period, Boeing flew a Dreamliner with more than 200 acoustic sensors attached to it over a set of ground-based microphones 88 times. Here’s why…

Heathrow Airports Limited Article

What’s it like flying during COVID-19?

From getting through security to boarding the aircraft, we got on a flight from London Luton to Palermo to see how Coronavirus has affected the aviation experience