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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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Lancaster RAF debut – Into action with 44 Sqn

In a 2022 special publication on the Avro Lancaster Andrew Thomas tells the story of the Lancaster’s introduction to RAF service with 44 Squadron at Waddington

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Aeroplane Archive Artwork January 2023

Aeroplane artwork featuring Mosquito BIVs DZ353 and DZ367 from No 105 Squadron at Marham in 1942 and BOAC Comet 4 G-APDA during 1958.

Swordfish receives Permit to Fly

The world's oldest Fairey Swordfish, Mk.I W5856, has completed its test flights and is now ‘operational’ once again

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What was the Air Transport Auxiliary?

The Battle of Britain is quite rightly associated with the endeavours of The Few – but these gallant airmen were not alone in contributing to the nation’s defence. Another key element was provided by the Air Transport Auxiliary, as Tara Leggett describes

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Who was Luftwaffe ace Roloff Von Aspern?

Many airmen paid the ultimate price in World War Two and some – especially from the German side – appear to have been forgotten. Chris Goss sheds light on a Luftwaffe ace who was killed in action and whose body was never found

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Military

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

Australia completes first major international F-35A deployment

The RAAF has marked a major milestone in its operation of the F-35A Lightning II after aircraft from No 75 Squadron departed RAAF Base Tindal in Australia’s Northern Territory to Malaysia, where it completed the type's first international deployment (outside the US) in Australian service

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Commercial

Atlas Air takes delivery of penultimate Boeing 747

The end of the Boeing 747 era has moved one step closer following the delivery of the second to last airframe.

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ATR turboprops to Uzbekistan

A new regional airline called Silk Avia is to acquire Franco-Italian-built turboprops. Read more here…

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Face to face with Rolls-Royce's Grazia Vittadini

Rolls-Royce’s chief technology officer Grazia Vittadini talks to AIR International about her first year in the job

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Flight Simulation

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.

Feature Discovery Series Episode 15: Helicopters

In the latest Feature Discovery Series, the Asobo Studio discussed how the development team modelled the Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter coming to the 40th Anniversary Edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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