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The young black woman who changed aviation

Nearly 100 years ago, an ambitious African American woman from Chicago headed to France to become a pilot. She ended up being a trailblazer for her race and gender

What is the largest airline in the world?

What is the largest airline in the world? The answer, of course, is not as simple as it may seem because it depends on how you measure it. Here are the rankings, broken down by different criteria

Is now the best time to start an airline?

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented levels of damage to the commercial aviation industry. But with a new airline on the horizon in Hong Kong, is this actually the shrewdest time to enter the sector?

82 Years of the Spitfire at Duxford

On August 4, 1938, the operational history of the Spitfire began with Duxford’s No. 19 Squadron

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Ilyushin Il-2: the aircraft that outnumbered the Spitfire and Hurricane

Joseph Stalin called it the aircraft “as essential to the Red Army as air and bread” and a formation of them once took out 70 tanks in 20 minutes. So why does it feel like the world has forgotten the Ilyushin Il-2?

How a female Soviet pilot changed the history of women in aviation

From beneath the blanket of darkness, an all-female regiment would glide through the night and strike fear into the hearts of the Germans. This is the story of the ‘Night Witches’

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The ‘One Man Air Force’ who took on 30 Nazis… and won

How a P-51 Mustang pilot single-handedly saved a formation of B-17s – and got a Medal of Honour in the process

The German pilot who refused to shoot down a B-17

Franz Stigler could easily have killed Lt. Charlie Brown. Instead, a moment of compassion amidst the horrors of World War 2 spawned an incredible friendship – 44 years after the end of the conflict.

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The DHC Chipmunk 22

After 70 years, de Havilland’s trusty training aircraft is still going strong. We went to The Shuttleworth Collection to watch them take theirs out

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The Lava-Proof Box Aviation Couldn’t Do Without

Designed to withstand temperatures of over 1,000 degrees Celsius and the weight of a rhino, black boxes have assisted air crash investigators for the last 50 years. But, as Thomas Haynes discovers, their future could be even more impressive…