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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

Vildebeest restoration reaches milestone

Inter-war biplane stands on its undercarriage again

Lancaster stars at poppy appeal launch

The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre’s Avro Lancaster was the centrepiece of the annual launch

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Aeroplane Database: de Havilland's elegant DH114 Heron

An in-depth look at one of the smallest four-engined airliners

New Battle of Britain database launched

The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust has launched a comprehensive database offering academics, authors and researchers fresh opportunities to find detailed information on The Few

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Luftwaffe's legendary surprise raid on Asch

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver describes the remarkable 45-minute skirmish over Asch – perhaps the wildest fight for any Eighth Air Force fighter unit

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Military

US Navy resurrects EA-18G five years after mid-air collision

More than five years after a US Navy-operated EA-18G Growler was involved in a mid-air collision with another aircraft that deemed it to be damaged beyond repair, the electronic attack jet has been returned to flight operations after the service completed a complex refurbishment process

USMC marks major milestone with final AH-1Z Viper delivery

The US Marine Corps (USMC) received its 189th and final Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Camp Pendleton in California on November 4

US Navy resumes T-45C Goshawk flight ops after safety pause

The US Navy’s Chief of Naval Air Training authorised the resumption of flight operations for the McDonnell Douglas T-45C Goshawk jet trainer on October 31, after both the Navy’s and USMC’s fleets were grounded more than two weeks earlier due to rising safety concerns

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Commercial

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Flying 747 Hajj flights from Baghdad: Inside the cockpit

In the March 2011 issue of Airliner World pilot Alan Carter reported from the flightdeck of a Boeing 747-400 taking pilgrims from countries around the world to the holy sites in Saudi Arabia.

airBaltic records MAJOR milestone with its Airbus A220s

The carrier has confirmed an important milestone was reached with its fleet of Airbus A220-300s. Find out exactly what this was right here…

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ACCIDENT REPORT: Cause of British Airways 787 gear collapse confirmed

Authorities have concluded a major investigation into the events which resulted in the nose of a British Airways Boeing 787 hitting the ground. The Dreamliner, G-ZBJB (c/n 38610) was parked on Stand 583 at London/Heathrow when the incident took place on June 18, 2021.

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Flight Simulation

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iniBuilds’ KSAT San Antonio Airport review

iniBuilds has been known to the X-Plane community for a few years now, having recently released its much-acclaimed A300. With a highly anticipated A310 in development for Microsoft Flight Simulator in the pipeline, as well as a raft of new scenery packages, we test out its newly landed San Antonio Airport in this review.

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Top Mach Studios’ F-22A review

Like the vast majority of folk who read PC Pilot, (surprisingly) I’ve never been offered a flight in a jet fighter. However, over the years there has been a steady stream of aircraft that piqued my interest, including the subject of this review, which is of course the Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor.

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FSDreamTeam’s GSX Pro review

Flight simulation has always been about more than just flight. It's about capturing that feeling that an eight-year-old me had the first time I went to an airport, saw my first airliner and took my first flight. While it's difficult to recreate the smell of kerosene in the air as you get off the bus, I’ve always loved trying to get things ‘as real as it gets!’

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