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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

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New monument features Sabre and MiG

Following a delay caused by the pandemic, the Planes of Fame Air Museum has finally opened its Korean War Memorial at Chino, California. 

Battle of Britain artwork displayed

A new painting of the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne in Kent is now on display at London’s RAF Club

Pilot descendants attend Stow Maries Remembrance

The normally bustling museum, which boasts a large collection of Royal Flying Corps World War One buildings, fell silent in tribute to the fallen on Sunday

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Aeroplane meets... Shuttleworth chief pilot Paul Stone

The Shuttleworth Collection’s chief pilot holds a unique place in historic aviation — and the current incumbent, an ex-Sea Harrier man and test pilot, brings a wealth of experience

Tragedy in Texas

The thoughts of all at FlyPast and Key Aero are with those affected by yesterday’s accident

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Military

Sweden joins list of nations looking to axe NH90 helicopter fleet

After Belgium, Australia and Norway announced plans to axe and replace their respective NHIndustries NH90 helicopter fleets, Gen Micael Bydén – the Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces – revealed that Sweden would follow suit in a recently published defence modernisation and procurement guidance report

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IN PICTURES: Uganda marks Independence Day with stylish military flypast!

Held annually at the Kololo Airstrip in Uganda’s capital city, Kampala, the national Independence Day Ceremony and Military Parade was celebrated on October 9, with the Uganda People’s Defence Air Force marking the occasion with a stylish flypast

Secretive X-37B spaceplane returns from record-breaking two-year mission

The US Space Force’s secretive Boeing X-37B OTV – a highly classified, unmanned, reusable spaceplane – has returned to Earth after successfully completing its sixth operational mission, during which the platform beat its own previous flight duration record by remaining in orbit for 908 days before landing

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Commercial

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Silk Way West Airlines to add 777X

The Azerbaijani cargo carrier says acquisition of the brand-new widebody type will enable benefits including the further expansion of its international network.

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A jumbo farewell: Flying on Lufthansa’s 747-400s

As Wilbur Sargunaraj makes an important trip home, he uses the opportunity to take one last flight on his beloved Boeing 747-400.

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What makes the 747-8 the ultimate Jumbo?

The age of the Jumbo jet began more than 50 years ago when Boeing launched the 747. As the final aircraft nears delivery, Bruce Hales-Dutton details the latest, and now last-ever, variant.

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Flight Simulation

X-Plane 12 arrives in Brisbane

Orbx has announced YBBN Brisbane Airport is now available for X-Plane 12.

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Flight sim airports - Part 2

In part 2, we continue our exploration of some of the more recently available airports in Microsoft Flight Simulator. Quality and features vary quite widely but we will start with one of the best: CYYZ Toronto Pearson International Airport by FlyTampa, where obsession to detail appears to be the hallmark of the designers.

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Back to Basics - Series 4, Lesson 4

In our previous issue, we left you with some airborne homework, so you will be ready to fly one of the oldest types of radio navigation procedures, an NDB approach.

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