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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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KC-135Q Pilot: Special Blackbird procedures and rescuing an SR-71

Pilot Lt Col Erik C Swanson (ret.) concludes his description of serving on the KC-135Q force supporting the SR-71A Blackbird on its secret missions

Winner of de Havilland flying scholarship revealed

Selma Gage awarded flight training bursary

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Battle of Britain's forgotten 'Few': Hurricane R4118 pilot 'Jock' Muirhead

One of three pilots to score air-to-air victories in Hawker Hurricane I R4118 during the Battle of Britain, Flt Lt Ian ‘Jock’ Muirhead was tragically shot down and killed just three weeks after his own success

Aero Legends’ Spitfire salutes The Queen

Aero Legends has modified the nose-art on Supermarine Spitfire T.IX NH341 to pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen

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Historic Lockheed Electra gifted to Canadian museum

Marking its 85th anniversary, Air Canada has donated Lockheed L-10A Electra CF-TCC to Winnipeg's Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada.

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Military

94th FS breaks F-22 live-fire missile record

The USAF’s 94th Fighter Squadron – a component of the 1st Fighter Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia – recently broke the record for the most air-to-air missiles loaded and fired from an F-22A Raptor whilst taking part in an exercise

Textron Aviation delivers 1,000th T-6 Texan II

Textron Aviation Defense announced the delivery of its 1,000th Beechcraft T-6 Texan II on October 12. This came as the global Texan II fleet marked a major milestone, having now surpassed five million flight hours

12 Squadron deploy on World Cup policing duties

In what the UK MOD describe as Project Thariyat, 12 Squadron, the joint RAF/Qatari Emiri Air Force (QEAF) based at RAF Coningsby, have now deployed eight RAF Typhoons and around 200 personnel to Dukhan-Tamim Air Base in Qatar for Air policing duties

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Commercial

CONFIRMED: Virgin Atlantic scraps Hong Kong route

The UK carrier has confirmed today (October 5) that it will not resume flights to Hong Kong – having served the city for nearly three decades.

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UK’s deadliest air accident: Staines Air Disaster

Exactly five decades after from the Staines Air Disaster, Stephen Skinner recounts the background and subsequent investigation into the UK’s deadliest air accident

Air Canada reveals new transborder routes

The flag carrier will boost its services to the United States thanks to new connections planned from December. Find out where now…

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Flight Simulation

iniBuilds announces new partnership with iBlueYonder

iniBuilds and iBlueYonder have announced a partnership for the development of Dallas Love Field for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Introducing DCS: Sinai

Eagle Dynamics has announced the development of the upcoming DCS: Sinai map by third-party developer OnReTech.

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PC Pilot - Meet the Author

We meet our man from the 'Land Down Under': Peter Stark. Peter has been writing for PC Pilot since Issue 45 and has extensive experience as a pilot, in the real as well as the virtual world and is best known for his popular and long-running ‘Back to Basics’ and ‘Flight Adventure’ series.

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