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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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How's one of the world's most fascinating Spitfire restorations progressing?

A primary aim in returning Spitfire PRIV AA810 to flying condition is to pay tribute to the RAF’s photo-reconnaissance squadrons — and to do so with a meticulous rebuild of this very rare machine

Wartime carrier pilot flies again

Former Fleet Air Arm pilot Geoffrey ‘Robbie’ Robson, RN, who is 97-years young, went flying again recently, courtesy of the Buckminster Gliding Club at Saltby

HISTORIC AVIATION QUIZ: EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT RECOGNITION

How good is your aircraft recognition? Can you recognise these experimental types?

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Restoration awaits Australian C-47

Australia’s Historical Aircraft Restoration Society is to restore Douglas C-47A Dakota 43-48234

Yorkshire Air Museum launches Save Our Tower Appeal

A fundraising campaign has begun to help with the restoration of a Grade 2 Listed World War Two control tower

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Military

Secretive X-37B spaceplane returns from record-breaking two-year mission

The US Space Force’s secretive Boeing X-37B OTV – a highly classified, unmanned, reusable spaceplane – has returned to Earth after successfully completing its sixth operational mission, during which the platform beat its own previous flight duration record by remaining in orbit for 908 days before landing

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AIR International December 2022

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109th AW ‘Skibird’ marks first Antarctic deployment with upgraded engines

After receiving new, more powerful turboprop engines, the New York ANG's 109th Airlift Wing deployed the first of five Lockheed LC-130H Hercules transports to Antarctica on October 19 in support of research operations being conducted by the US National Science Foundation

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Commercial

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Cathay Pacific: Where the Boeing 747 is still flying high

As Boeing prepares to deliver its last 747 airliner, we caught up with Mark Hoey, general manager for operations at Cathay Pacific and former 747 chief pilot, to reflect on the iconic jet...

QUIZ: The Ultimate Boeing 747 Quiz!

As we continue to celebrate 747 Week here on Key.Aero, we've a very special edition of our commercial aviation quiz. This is your chance to put your knowledge of the Queen of the Skies to the test. Good luck!

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Joe Sutter: the man who designed the Boeing 747

A tribute to Joseph ‘Joe’ Sutter, the ‘father’ of the 747 from a 2021 special publication on the Jumbo.

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Flight Simulation

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INTERVIEW: Flight Control Replay v5

Flight Control Replay looks to allow us to take back control of the replay functionality in Microsoft Flight Simulator. With the announcement of the new version 5 of the software, we spoke to its creator, Fabio Merlo, to find out how the programme is adapting and evolving as time goes by.

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iniBuilds’ Airbus A300-600 tutorial - Part 5

In the previous issue, our A300 finally took flight towards the sunny shores of La Palma Airport in the Canary Islands. This time, we will pick our flight up as we reach 1,500ft and finally find time to relax.

La-7 for DCS World incoming

Eagle Dynamics has announced third-party developer OctopusG is developing the La-7 for DCS World.

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