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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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1./JG 53 – The Luftwaffe’s ‘Ace of Spades’

Nine Messerschmitt Bf 109E-equipped Jagdgeschwaders would take part in the Battle of Britain, each of which was made up of nine staffels. Chris Goss relates the story of one of these – 1 Staffel/Jagdgeschwader 53...

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Boulton Paul Defiant: Its early success in 1940

Before the Luftwaffe discovered its weak points, the Boulton Paul Defiant gave a good account of itself. Graham Pitchfork profiles two crews that had impressive success in the turret fighter…

Australian Twin Pioneer arrives at new home

Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer VH-SYS has joined the HARS collection at Albion Park in New South Wales, having been based at nearby Wedderburn for many years

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Convair 'fire-bomber' flies into retirement

Canada’s BC Aviation Museum experienced a first on September 23 – the simultaneous retirement to the museum of both an aircraft and its pilot

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Flying a Spitfire: An unexpected journey

FlyPast’s James Peene and Jamie Ewan enjoyed the ride of a lifetime when they visited Aerial Collective – a flight in a Spitfire…

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Father and son make history flying attack helicopters

Reporting from the Dayton Air Show, Rob Stephens speaks to Jeff Moss Sr and his son Jay about making aviation history in the cockpits of attack helicopters

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Exercise INIOCHOS 2022: NATO’s largest air drill

Around 120 aircraft from six nations descended on Andravida Air Base, Greece, earlier this year for Exercise INIOCHOS 2022. Babak Taghvaee reports from NATO’s largest air drill

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New F-35C CAG-bird for USMC's VMFA-314

The new CAG-bird for the USMC’s Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 (VMFA-314) ‘Black Knights’ has been spotted during a deployment to NAS Fallon in Nevada

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Commercial

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Industry insight from the president of Jetcraft’s commercial aviation division

Now in its 60th year of operation, Jetcraft has grown from a Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina FBO to a global network of aviation advisors. Raphael Haddad, president of Jetcraft’s commercial aviation division, speaks to Airliner World about the current state of the industry, ongoing challenges and long-term prospects.

Jet2 A321 escorted by two RAF Typhoons

A Jet2.com Airbus A321 inbound from Dalaman has been intercepted by two Royal Air Force Typhoons.

British Airways reveal new domestic destination from London City Airport

The Docklands gateway is to be connected with an additional Scottish destination this winter. Find out more…

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Flight Simulation

Yakutat for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Northern Sky Studio has announced that PAYA Yakutat Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

172SP Classic Enhancement pack for MSFS released

The 172SP Classic Enhancement pack offers improvements to the default Cessna 172 Skyhawk in Microsoft Flight Simulator with more realistic engine and electrical system modelling along with upgrades to the cockpit.

PMDG releases 737-800 for MSFS

PMDG has finally released its highly anticipated Boeing 737-800 for Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS).

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