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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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The troublesome development of the Hawker Tempest

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver details the troublesome development of the Hawker Tempest – the last piston engine fighter to carry Royal Air Force colours

IBCC ‘stands with giants’

An impressive remembrance-themed display is on show at the International Bomber Command Centre

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Major aircraft collection under threat

An important civil aviation museum needs to find a new home

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How KLM kept flying as war spread through Europe

Frustrated at the consequences of war in 1940, KLM’s boss Albert Plesman dubbed the hangars full of DC-3s at Schiphol airport his “boxes of oranges”. The Aeroplane visited just before the German invasion

Gold for RAF Museum Midlands

The Cosford attraction has achieved the highest possible accreditation awarded through a VisitEngland scheme

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Military

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Gods of War: Exploring the operations of a Greek F-4 Phantom II unit

After almost 50 years in service Greece’s F-4 Phantoms have achieved almost mythical status. Combat Aircraft Journal  looks at the operations of the Hellenic Air Force’s 338 Squadron

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Preparing combat units for battle at the US Army National Training Center

The 2916th Aviation Battalion ‘Raptors’ at the US Army National Training Center plays a vital role in preparing combat units for battle. Combat Aircraft Journal visited the unit at Fort Irwin to highlight the battalion’s versatile yet unique task

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Refuelling with the 'Rangers': Behind-the-scenes with the USMC's VMGR-234

As one of two reserve Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadrons within the US Marine Corps, the VMGR-234 ‘Rangers’ play a full part in tactical air duties. Combat Aircraft Journal visited the unit and spoke with its former commanding officer.

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Commercial

Ryanair reveals THREE new routes from Newquay

The Cornish gateway is set for a budget boost next year – and comes as Cornwall Airport Newquay sees its wider route network continue to expand. Find out more details here on Key.Aero…

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STARLUX receives its first Airbus A350

Thanks to the move, the Taiwanese airline has now introduced a second widebody type to its growing all-Airbus fleet – read more here on Key.Aero…

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What's the current state of commercial aircraft leasing?

Helping us with the number crunching this month is Rob Morris, global head of consultancy at Ascend by Cirium.

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Flight Simulation

SeaRey Elite for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Aerosoft has announced the SeaRey Elite Advanced amphibian for Microsoft Flight Simulator out now.

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IPACS’ Aerofly FS 4 review

Unlike the previous versions, Aerofly FS 4 features many more scenery areas as standard, covering the US and the whole of Europe as well as a generous selection of aircraft. We take a closer look at the latest version of this innovative flight simulator.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update X: USA

In this review, we go back to the USA and discover what the latest World Update from Microsoft has to offer.

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