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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 ‘other’ Lancaster Dams raids you might not have heard of 

In a 2022 special publication on the Lancaster, Andy Thomas explains that as well as the famous 617 Squadron raid, other German dams were in Bomber Command’s sights

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How the Lancaster became the first British aircraft to fly around the world 

A Lancaster called ‘Aries’ was the first British aircraft to fly around the world and later became a pioneer of polar flying. In a 2022 special publication on the Lancaster, Graham Pitchfork described its remarkable achievements

Another award for Waterbird team

Vintage Aircraft Club accolade adds to Lakes Flying Company’s list of gongs

Soviet Hurricane project resurfaces in Kent

Ex-Russian fighter to be restored at Rochester

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Epic 400-mile flight in a crippled Lancaster 

In the December 2009 FlyPast Graham Pitchfork detailed a crew’s 400-mile flight in a badly damaged Lancaster

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Military

USS Tripoli returns after successful first Indo-Pacific deployment

The US Navy's second America-class amphibious assault ship, USS Tripoli (LHA-7), returned to Naval Base San Diego in California - the vessel's home port - with its complement of Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning IIs on November 29, after completing its first operational deployment to the Indo-Pacific.

Japan orders two more KC-46As

BOEING HAS been awarded a Foreign Military Sales contract to deliver two additional KC-46A Pegasus aerial refuelling tankers to the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), bringing the total now on contract for the JASDF to six.

First USAF F-15s leave Kadena as phased withdrawal effort begins

The phased withdrawal of USAF-operated Boeing F-15C/D Eagles from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, commenced on December 1, when the first eight 18th Wing aircraft departed from the base

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Commercial

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Why was the Boeing 707 so popular with British airlines?

Despite protectionist objections from politicians, UK carriers embraced the Boeing 707 during the 1960s and 1970s. Lee Cross explores the US type’s introduction with various British airlines.

Why this TUI 737 is now flying cargo in Rwanda

For more than a decade it shuttled holidaymakers around Europe, but now this Boeing 737 example has found a new lease of life in Africa. Find out more...

Emirates is bringing even more A380s to Gatwick

The UAE-based carrier has boosted A380 services to the British capital ahead of the holiday rush. Find out more here…

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Flight Simulation

New Italian destination of MSFS

Orbx has announced LICA Lamezia Terme International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

Offshore Landmarks: North Sea released

Aerosoft has released a new scenery pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator covering the North Sea, the English Channel and the Irish sea with platforms, wind farms and shipping traffic.

Oslo Gardermoen out now

JustSim has released ENGM Oslo Airport Gardermoen for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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