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VE Day: The Road to Victory

Our experts discuss the key turning points of World War II, and pay tribute to its heroes

Celebrating the Spitfire

The Spitfire is synonymous with World War 2. Here's a brief video about its incredible history.

Zero Hour

Ravaged by strategic bombing and a bloody final battle in its streets, Berlin 75 years ago lay in ruins. Its main airfields, however, had survived — useful for the victorious Allies that occupied the soon-to-be-divided city

Celebrating Victory

In both 1945 and 1946 were held a number of aerial events with remembrance of the recently ended Second World War as their aim. We look back at how Allied success in the air was commemorated

D-Day: Aerial Armada

Graham Pitchfork describes the massive airborne assault that paved the way for D-Day

Messerschmitt Bf-109

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.

All female flight crew

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’

James Howard

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 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

Butch O’Hare

The mobster’s son who became an American hero

When one man made a vow to restore his family name, he would succeed at any cost. Even if it meant being outnumbered by eight Japanese bombers…

19 Squadron at Duxford

82 Years of the Spitfire at Duxford

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

Elizabeth Coleman

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 to look forward to in 2022

Whilst many things didn't happen in 2021 (for obvious reasons), Aeroplane's Editor, Ben Dunnell reveals there's plenty to look forward to coming up in 2022…

The Spitfire in action

Celebrating the Spitfire and Hurricane

After Colonel Tom Moore received a flypast from these iconic aircraft to mark his 100th birthday and incredible fundraising achievements, here are some things you may not know about them…

Ilyushin Il-2

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?