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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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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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Remembering the ‘Knights of the Sky’

Recreating an historical aerial battle in modern times has been the mission of two World War One Aviation Heritage Trust pilots. Darren Harbar meets them and looks into the scenarios they have moulded into an airshow act…

Wallop Wings and Wheels returns in 2023

Tickets are on sale for next year’s Wallop Wings And Wheels event, which is set to happen on July 1, 2023, at Middle Wallop in Hampshire

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Flying the world's newest F-86 Sabre

Luigino Caliaro speaks to Classic Fighters of America sponsor Doug Matthews about his Korean War ace-honouring F-86F ‘Beauteous Butch II’ – the world’s newest Sabre!

Rare Japanese WW2 types moved to London

RAF Museum transports Ki-46, Ki-100 and Ohka from Cosford to Hendon

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Military

AFSOC receives final AC-130J gunship

US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) took delivery of its final Lockheed Martin AC-130J Ghostrider fixed-wing gunship at Cannon Air Force Base (AFB), New Mexico, on November 2

Moody A-10Cs deploy to the Indo-Pacific

Fairchild Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II attack/close air support aircraft from the USAF’s 23rd Wing at Moody AFB in Georgia have deployed to Andersen AFB on the Pacific island of Guam as part of a Dynamic Force Employment Operation

US Navy's 'Red Lancers' familiarise the RNZAF with Poseidon ops

The US Navy's VP-10 ‘Red Lancers’ spent the latter part of October at RNZAF Base Ohakea displaying the capabilities of the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to the RNZAF with a single aircraft and nine crew and maintenance staff

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Commercial

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Pan Am’s pioneering Boeing 747SP flights

Pan Am pioneered ultra long-range flights with the Boeing 747SP.  In the November 2017 issue of Aviation News Bob O’Brien described how this famous airline made use of this specialised jumbo.

More Boeing 777s inbound to Emirates

It’s been revealed today (November 8) that the Dubai-based carrier is set to acquire even more Boeing 777s in the coming years. Find out the exact details here…

Some of the most stunning special liveries to grace the jumbo

Although the Boeing 747 is best remembered in the iconic, but largely corporate liveries of Lufthansa, Pan Am, or British Airways, the Queen of the Skies has also enjoyed some quirkier paint schemes. Here we highlight some of our favourites from around the world...

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Flight Simulation

Kodiak 100 for Microsoft Flight Simulator out now

The latest aircraft from SimWorks Studios is the Amphibian Kodiak 100 Series III for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

C172 NG DIGITAL for X-Plane 12 released

Aircraft developer, Airfoillabs has announced the C172 NG DIGITAL Beta is now available for X-Plane 12.

HPG Hot Air Balloon lifts off

Hype Performance Group has released the first professionally developed hot air balloon for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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