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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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Historic

Lancaster parts arrive at Sywell

Sywell Aviation Museum took delivery of some very special artefacts from Yelvertoft and Lilbourne History Group on November 22

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Air fighting in the Sopwith Camel - what was it like?

The early days of air combat were filled with peril for brave men entering the unknown. Andrew Thomas profiles two of the pilots who came to prominence flying the Sopwith Camel

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Why does the 'Suffolk Spitfire' boast a USAAF scheme?

When the United States Army Air Forces entered the war in Europe, Spitfires appeared adorned with stars and bars. Darren Harbar reveals why and details their operations with the 309th Fighter Squadron in North Africa

Westland Dragonfly wreck discovered

The 1958 crash site of a former Royal Navy Westland Dragonfly has been identified on the coast of Northern Ireland…

Sunken Spitfire recovery appeal launched

A group in North Yorkshire led by David Daniells believes that it has pinpointed the site of a wartime Spitfire crash on the Norfolk Broads. It is currently raising funds to conduct a professional survey in order to establish the extent of any remains…

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Military

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UK donates Sea King helicopters to aid Ukraine’s fight against Russia

As part of its latest military aid package to Ukraine, the UK MOD revealed on November 23 that three Westland Sea King helicopters have been donated to the war-torn country to provide additional key capabilities to the Ukrainian Armed Forces as it continues to fight off Russian invaders

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Combat Aircraft Journal January 2023

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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How is the USAF's PACAF command posturing to address the China threat?

The USAF’s Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) command faces an increasing challenge amid growing tensions with China. AirForces Monthly takes a detailed view of PACAF and the vital role it plays

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Commercial

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So long, SOFIA!

NASA’s SOFIA airborne laboratory has retired, more than a decade earlier than planned. In the first of a two-part feature, Bernd Sturm shines the spotlight on this unique aircraft

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What next for Norwegian carrier Flyr?

Tonje Wikstrøm Frislid, CEO of Norwegian carrier Flyr, tells Tom Batchelor about the ups and downs of running a new airline in these uncertain times

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North American airlines: the post-pandemic battle

Tom Batchelor takes an in-depth look at how North America’s airlines are tackling everything from pilot shortages to a jumpy cargo sector

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Flight Simulation

Baltimore-Washington for Microsoft Flight Simulator

The latest US destination from LatinVFR is Baltimore-Washington International Airport (KBWI) for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition released

Microsoft has released the 40th Anniversary Edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator, adding realistic helicopters, gliders, a true-to-life Airbus A310-300 and seven iconic historic aircraft.

Navigraph Charts 8 released

Navigraph Charts 8 adds several new features, including worldwide VFR charts, drag-and-drop route construction, seamless zoom down to gate level and 3D globe projection.

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