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Historic Aviation 5-a-day

A selection of photos from the Key archive

The incredible history of the Handley Page Hastings

One of the RAF’s most famous transport aircraft made its first flight 75 years ago today...

The story of one of New Zealand’s most fortunate airmen

Alan Deere almost didn’t make selection for the RAF due to his high blood pressure. So when he kept cheating death again and again during World War Two, it was only fitting that his comrades should claim he had nine lives…

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Your Historic Aviation 5-a-day

We mark the 80th anniversary of the first flight of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt which took place on May 6, 1941

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How the DC-8 was actually the first supersonic airliner

The 1960s were a golden period for aviation. Key.Aero recounts the time that the Douglas Aircraft Corporation set out to break the sound barrier in its DC-8, years before anyone else managed it

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This aircraft was nearly the world’s first jetliner

The Avro Canada C102 Jetliner could well have been the world’s first jet-powered airliner but it was beaten to the skies by the Comet. Key Aero presents a selection of incredible pictures showing this rare aircraft

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Aeroplane meets Carl Scholl

Becoming one of the warbird industry’s great specialists on the B-25 Mitchell has led to many colourful exploits...

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Airliner World RecoveryWatch May 2021

In the very first of our new RecoveryWatch series, the Cirium team assesses how many aircraft are still in storage at locations around the world

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How pilots are helping each other during the pandemic

While few areas of the economy have been left untouched by the pandemic, aviators have perhaps had it tougher than most. Tom Batchelor learns more about a pioneering charity that is helping those with clipped wings

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Spotting in the good ol' days

Passionate aviation photographer and enthusiast, Dirk Grothe, shares some of his most stunning images from the observation deck at Frankfurt Airport during the mid-1980s –a time filled with colourful airlines and a rich variety of aircraft