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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.

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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…

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What’s New?

FlyPast reviews our pick of the things to spend your money on...

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VIDEO: “My afternoon chatting to John Hemingway”

Tally Ho Project founder David Duker tells the amazing story of how he and a friend visited Ireland to talk to John ‘Paddy’ Hemingway, the last survivor of Churchill’s Few

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The incredible women of the Air Transport Auxiliary

‘I am the pilot’! Mary Ellis’s is just one of the incredible stories of the Spitfire Girls. To mark International Women’s Day, David Duker tells Mary’s story, as well as other stories from within the 168 female members of the ATA, without whom the Battle of Britain may not have been won…

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Italy celebrates 60 years of the Frecce Tricolori

With the distinction of being the world’s largest military aerobatic team and one of Italy’s national symbols, the Italian Air Force’s Frecce Tricolori marked a major milestone on March 1, when it celebrated its 60th anniversary

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USAF accepts its first F-15EX

The USAF formally accepted its first F-15EX at Boeing’s facility in St Louis, Missouri, on March 10 – just over a month after the multi-role fighter graced the skies for the first time

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Saluting the C-5 Galaxy!

From Vietnam to a host of humanitarian missions, the US Air Force’s largest aircraft has been using its heavy-lifting capabilities for 50 years. And it’s still got at least another two decades left in it yet…

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Book Reviews

Glenn Sands reviews three publications

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The future of engineering

We speak to Sam Scrimshaw, the Deputy Crew Chief at the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, about getting into aviation engineering – and why it’s a great career...

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Inside the world’s biggest aircraft carrier

Three years to the day since President Trump commissioned it, we take a closer look at the USS Gerald R. Ford – so big it has space for over 75 aircraft and can launch 220 airstrikes a day.