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Historic

The cost of a Spitfire (it’ll make your eyes water)

Back in the 1940s, it’s said that a Spitfire would be £5,000 to make. That’s a drop in the ocean compared to what one would set you back now…

The world’s greatest Spitfire collection?

The Heritage Hangar at Biggin Hill is home to an incredible group of Spitfires. With tours currently closed due to Covid, Key.Aero gives you a video tour of one of historic aviation’s most impressive places.

The Spitfire’s first ever flight

Five men all with good reason to smile – the prototype Spitfire had just flown. Ken Ellis sets the scene

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.

What’s it like to fly in a Spitfire?

As Key.Aero’s Assistant Editor, Tara Leggett has an aviation-themed bucket list. Right at the top of it? Flying in a Spitfire. She went to Biggin Hill and strapped herself in…

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Military

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UK turn to Draken Europe for Red Air Solution

The UK MOD has signed a deal with Draken Europe to provide the RAF and Royal Navy with an Interim Red Air Aggressor Training Service (IRAATS)

Slovakia loads up an S-300 system ahead of its departure to Ukraine News Premium

Slovakia donates S-300 missile system to Ukraine

Slovakia will provide an S-300 ground-based air defence battery to Ukraine to bolster its anti-air capabilities, as Russia continues its reorientation its forces to focus on Donbass and the east of the country

Sri Lankan Mi-17s deployed to the Central African Republic

The Sri Lankan Air Force has deployed a pair of Mil Mi-17 Hip medium-lift utility helicopters to support a UN-sponsored peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic

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Commercial

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Ultimate Airports: Rio de Janeiro/Santos Dumont

Rio de Janeiro is a city that needs little introduction...

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Ultimate Airports: Tegucigalpa/Toncontín

Located in the heart of Central America, five miles (8km) from downtown Tegucigalpa...

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Ultimate Airports: Ushuaia

Ushuaia is the southernmost city in Argentina and is the closest...

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Ultimate Airports: Gibraltar

The British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar has been in dispute for centuries...

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Ultimate Airports: The Mega Hubs - Istanbul

Turkish Airlines was for many years a small player on the periphery...

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Flight Simulation

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Microsoft Flight Simulator

The global preview event - Part 2

Archer TX/LX for X-Plane Takes Flight

Just Flight, in partnership with Thranda Design have released the PA-28-181 Archer TX/LX for X-Plane 11.

Embraer E-Jet Family Version 3 Released

FeelThere has announced the Embraer E-Jet family V3 for Prepar3D is officially released.

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Upcoming Events

Selfridge Air Show and Open House

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Harrison Township, United States

US military air show

Sywell 2024

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Northampton, United Kingdom

The event website states: "Sywell 2024 will be a quite remarkable airshow combined with ground attractions including classic cars and much more. Showcasing multiple classic aircraft from across Europe alongside modern jets, the flying line-up will include formation and unique display acts, some of which will be UK firsts. Added to that will be a host of special photographic opportunities for the enthusiasts, stalls, children's fun fair and many more things to do."

EBACE 2024

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Geneva, Switzerland

The event website says: "The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) is a premier event and the annual meeting place for the European business aviation community."

Hill AFB Warriors over the Wasatch Air Show

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Hill AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow

Duxford Flying Evening

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "Evening flying featuring warbirds, pyrotechnics and more. Enjoy after-hours entry to IWM Duxford for this very special vintage aircraft flying display. Witness the aircraft that still call Duxford home take to the skies as the sun goes down and dusk turns to dark across this historic Second World War airfield."

Northern Ireland International Airshow

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Portrush, United Kingdom

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