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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

Airliner Classic: Airbus A300 – the beginning for a giant

Airliner Classic: Airbus A300 – the beginning for a giant

key.aero reviews the development of the model that represented Airbus’s first entry into the commercial aviation market.

Flight Recorders

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…

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

Boeing 787-9

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

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…

G-BOAC Concorde

Where are all the Concordes now?

It’s been nearly 17 years since the supersonic airliner last flew and with only 20 ever being built, where did they all go? Key.Aero finds out…

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