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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 reinstating of the Women’s Royal Air Force

The rebirth of the Women’s Royal Air Force took place on 1st Feb 1949. Key.Aero delves into the story of the female aviators and their journey to equality with the RAF

Start of the tour – No. 139 Squadron Canberras taxi-ing for take-off at RAF Hemswell on August 9. Feature Premium

Caribbean Canberras

In 1955 the RAF despatched Canberras and Hastings to the Carribbean and Canada on a goodwill and training visit, while the former also participated in an exercise. ‘The Aeroplane’ reported on this deployment in its December 30 issue that year

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15 facts you may not have known about the de Havilland Mosquito

On 30th January 1943, the de Havilland Mosquito made its first daylight air-raid over Berlin. We've put together 15 facts you may not have known about the aircraft to mark the occasion

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Stratofreighter flight return boosted by new acquisitions

The Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation (BAHF) has obtained several dormant Boeing C-97 Stratofreighters from Greybull, Wyoming-based B&G Industries…  

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Russian Polikarpov restoration takes to the air

A Polikarpov Po-2 returned to Russian skies late last year at Drakino airfield, south of Moscow…

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Military

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ILA Berlin 2022: Boeing seeks to define German CH-47F requirements

Boeing is working with its suppliers to define the requirements of the German government, after the latter revealed on June 1 that it had selected the CH-47F Chinook to replace the Luftwaffe’s ageing fleet of CH-53GA/GS Sea Stallion heavy-lift transport helicopters

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ILA Berlin 2022: Germany’s second C-130J to be delivered this weekend

The second Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules tactical transport for the Luftwaffe is set to be delivered to the joint Franco-German airlift unit at Évreux-Fauville Air Base, northern France, this weekend (June 25-26)

VIDEO: Irish Air Corps PC-9Ms conduct live-fire exercise

Once a year, the Flight Training School (FTS) of the Irish Air Corps (IAC) carries out a live fire exercise with its Pilatus PC-9Ms. Take a look at some behind the scenes cockpit action

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Commercial

Investigators complete preliminary report into China Eastern 737 crash

Chinese investigators have completed a preliminary report into the March 21 crash of a China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800.

Canada's first 737-800BCF prepares for action

A new specialist freight division at one of Canada’s largest carriers has accepted its first aircraft. WestJet Cargo welcomed the 737-800BCF (Boeing Converted Freighter) on lease from BBAM, making the Calgary-based firm the first in Canada to operate the type.

Which UK start-up is to gain its maiden widebody this summer?

A long-term lease placement of a single, used Airbus A330-200 from Air Lease Corporation (ALC) is billed for a summer arrival. But to which airline you ask? Find out here, plus see what its initial plans are…

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Flight Simulation

Olbia Costa Smeralda for X-Plane Incoming

Orbx has announced LIEO Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport for X-Plane 11 is in development.

Flysimware Widgeon for Microsoft Flight Simulator

The Flysimware Grumman G-44A Widgeon for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available on Just Flight’s online shop.

Liepaja Airport for Prepar3D v5 Out Now

Aerosoft has announced Liepaja Airport for Prepar3D V5.2 is now available as a download.

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