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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

Yorkshire Air Museum launches Save Our Tower Appeal

A fundraising campaign has begun to help with the restoration of a Grade 2 Listed World War Two control tower

‘Val’ arrives at Pearl Harbor museum

Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum took delivery of a rare Aichi D3A recently

Huey removed from building

A former Austrian Army helicopter has been relocated

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Supersonic salute at Edwards AFB

A high altitude ‘supersonic corridor’ has been officially renamed in a salute to the pioneering Bell X-1

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Spain’s Super Skymaster display team

A new airshow display team has been formed in Spain

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Military

Poland agrees MQ-9A Reaper lease deal

As Poland continues to increase its defence spending in the face of the Ukraine War and the renewed Russian threat, the Polish Ministry of National Defence has signed an agreement with General Atomics to lease an undisclosed number of MQ-9A Reaper RPA

US Navy resurrects EA-18G five years after mid-air collision

More than five years after a US Navy-operated EA-18G Growler was involved in a mid-air collision with another aircraft that deemed it to be damaged beyond repair, the electronic attack jet has been returned to flight operations after the service completed a complex refurbishment process

USMC marks major milestone with final AH-1Z Viper delivery

The US Marine Corps (USMC) received its 189th and final Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Camp Pendleton in California on November 4

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Commercial

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Inside all-Boeing 747 airline Cargolux

James Ronayne visited Cargolux to learn about the carrier’s operations and his article appeared in the November 2015 issue of Aviation News.

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Inside the cockpit flying 747 Hajj flights from Baghdad – part 2

In the April 2011 issue of Airliner World Captain Alan Carter concluded recounting his day’s task of flying pilgrims from Baghdad to Madinah and back.

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The remarkable story of Iran Air and its Boeing 747s

In the March 2014 issue of Airliner World, Babak Taghvaee chronicled the illustrious but often turbulent history of Iran Air’s Boeing 747s. 

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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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