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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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Epic 400-mile flight in a crippled Lancaster 

In the December 2009 FlyPast Graham Pitchfork detailed a crew’s 400-mile flight in a badly damaged Lancaster

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When Sweden put a jet engine on a Lancaster

Jan Forsgren recalls Sweden’s five-engined Lancaster

NTSB releases preliminary report into Dallas air show mid-air crash

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has highlighted the absence of altitude deconfliction briefings in its preliminary report into the mid-air collision at the Wings Over Dallas Airshow on November 12.

HISTORIC AVIATION QUIZ: AVRO LANCASTER EDITION

With Key.Aero celebrating Avro’s legendary Lancaster, the Historic team ask the question… how much do you know about the ‘Lanc’?

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Lancaster wireless operator recollections: Standout wartime sorties 

John Elliott was a Lancaster wireless operator; in the January 2013 issue of FlyPast he shared his memories with Steve Bond

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Military

Japan orders two more KC-46As

BOEING HAS been awarded a Foreign Military Sales contract to deliver two additional KC-46A Pegasus aerial refuelling tankers to the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), bringing the total now on contract for the JASDF to six.

First USAF F-15s leave Kadena as phased withdrawal effort begins

The phased withdrawal of USAF-operated Boeing F-15C/D Eagles from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, commenced on December 1, when the first eight 18th Wing aircraft departed from the base

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How the US Navy is enhancing TOPGUN training

With the spotlight on the silver screen for Top Gun: Maverick earlier this year, Nate Leong details ongoing changes to enhance training for the US Navy’s own Top Guns at NAS Fallon

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Commercial

Emirates is bringing even more A380s to Gatwick

The UAE-based carrier has boosted A380 services to the British capital ahead of the holiday rush. Find out more here…

Norse to link New York with FOURTH European city

The fledgling carrier has recently revealed plans for more flights to New York. Find out here…

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The next level of realism with flight simulators

For many aviation enthusiasts, the term ‘flight simulator’ conjures up images of desktop PCs and joysticks. But this virtual pastime is now being taken to the next level, as Airliner World’s Craig West discovered.

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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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