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Lancaster week

This week on Key.Aero we present a fascinating selection of articles on the legendary Avro Lancaster, including personal insights from missions during World War Two to some unusual roles that the aircraft was adapted for.

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Submarine-hunting Lancasters: French post-war ops 

France became a major operator of the Avro Lancaster following World War Two, as explained by Malcolm V Lowe in the April 2016 issue of Aviation News

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The relentless Lancaster raids on Hitler’s battleship Tirpitz 

Massive resources were employed to destroy the battleship Tirpitz. After three raids dropping Tallboys, 9 Squadron was credited with delivering the mortal blow. Andy Thomas detailed the raids in a 2022 special publication on the Lancaster

D-Day Squadron plots European return

The D-Day Squadron – a US-based tribute flight comprising Douglas C-47 and DC-3 aircraft – has announced that it will be returning to Europe in 2024

American Vulcan goes under cover

One of three Vulcans based in the US, XM573 is now receiving some restorative work

Meteor NF.14 powers up in Yorkshire

Power was returned to the internal and external lights of Armstrong-Whitworth Meteor NF.14 WS788 for the first time in more than 50 years recently

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Military

RAF Voyager flies on 100% sustainable fuel

A Worlds first occurred on Wednesday November 16, after a RAF Voyager transport aircraft performed a flight whilst powered by 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), making the RAF one step closer to its Net Zero goal by 2040.

Swiss F/A-18s return to Leeming for Yorknite 2022

From November 15 to December 9, Swiss Air Force F/A-18C Hornets are operating from RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire for Exercise Yorknite 2022

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 121

Welcome to the 121st Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Commercial

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Recent UK planespotting highlights!

We present a selection of images of visiting aircraft from airports around the UK. For the most part, they’re commercial jets, but almost all of them are unusual types, wearing new or unique liveries or first visits by an airline or airliner to a particular airport.

The ultimate civil aviation trivia quiz!

This week you'll certainly need a 'wide-body' of knowledge to be successful. From pioneering first flights to next-generation tech and everything in between, this ultimate trivia quiz is guaranteed to test your skills. Good luck!

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Neo opportunities for Virgin Atlantic

Airliner World’s Craig West joined Virgin Atlantic’s inaugural service to the Floridian city of Tampa to find out first-hand how the carrier’s new Airbus A330neo stacks up against the competition.

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Flight Simulation

Fulcrum announces new simulator controls

Fulcrum Simulator Controls has started pre-orders for the upcoming Fulcrum Throttle, with shipping expected to commence in February 2023. The company also unveiled two new products: the Pro Jetliner Levers and Trim Wheel.

Giant flying boats and wine: how Microsoft Flight Simulator celebrated 40 years

Microsoft Flight Simulator reached a historic milestone this month when it celebrated its 40th anniversary in style at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. Thomas Haynes reports from the special event

Seville Airport out now

MK-Studios has announced Seville Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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