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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

The historic Miles headquarters building in Woodley News Premium

Petition launched to save historic Miles Aircraft factory building

An online petition has been launched with the aim of saving one of the last surviving Phillips & Powis — later Miles Aircraft — factory buildings at Woodley, just east of Reading, Berkshire…

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Evelyn Bobbi Trout: first all-night flight by a woman

She planned to be in the air for a month and even celebrated her 25th birthday in the sky. On February 10, 1929 she broke the record for the first all-night flight by a woman...

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Black Friday: Coastal Command’s biggest defeat?

On 9th February, 1945, Coastal Command suffered its biggest defeat of the entire war

Historic Aviation Quiz: de Havilland Vampire

How well do you know the de Havilland Vampire?
Test your knowledge in this week's historic aviation quiz…

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"We flew without wings" - learning to operate the Avro Rota autogyro

For an airman on No 4 Squadron, learning to look after the Avro Rota autogyro was not the most tantalising prospect — but it certainly made the summer of 1935 an interesting one

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Military

UK ‘swats’ Project Mosquito ahead of planned first flight

The UK MOD has revealed that Project Mosquito – a future uncrewed combat aircraft technology demonstration – will “not proceed beyond the design phase”, following a ‘detailed review' of the technical demonstrator by the RAF Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO)

313 Squadron is reborn as first RNLAF F-35As arrive at Volkel Air Base

The first four Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs arrived at Volkel Air Base (AB) in the south of the Netherlands on June 30.

India’s DRDO flies Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator

India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully carried out the maiden flight of its Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator on July 1. The sortie took place from the Aeronautical Test Range at Chitradurga, Karnataka

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Commercial

Who's started a 3,000-mile direct service to Manchester using A320neos?!

A Middle Eastern-based carrier has launched a new direct, 3,000-mile service today (May 1) to Manchester using Airbus A320neos! Who is it? Find out here!

QUIZ: New UK routes

Airlines have been busy trying to restore and reinstate route networks and add rotations as the pandemic starts to appear in the rear view mirror, but have you been keeping up with all the latest links? Let's find out...

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Airliner World June 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Flight Simulation

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Back to Basics - Series 3, Lesson 6

In this lesson, we continue to develop our instrument night flying skills and learn how and when to use the flight, engine and navigation instruments when the weather or visibility makes visual flight more difficult.

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Wings Over Flanders Fields: Between Heaven & Hell II

A truly immersive experience The developer of Wings over Flanders Fields, Old Brown Dog, has released a new version of this popular series called ‘Between Heaven & Hell II’. Derek Davis takes it for a test flight and highlights some of the new features that have been incorporated.

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Aerosoft’s World of aircraft: Glider Simulator

Some might think that releasing a new concept in flight simulation immediately after the fanfare of Microsoft Flight Simulator is a dubious decision but Aerosoft has successfully done so with World of Aircraft: Glider Simulator. We take a look at the concept and the initial product in the series…

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