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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 Eighth Air Force vs The Flakwaffe

Donald Nijboer examines the use of flak in World War Two – the greatest combat hazard to bombers operating in European skies

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The birth of The Eighth Air Force

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver charts the arrival and operations of The Eighth Air Force in the European theatre of World War Two

An F-86D-50-NA of the 513th Fighter Interception Squadron at Manston. Note the many vortex generators, including those on one of the NACA flush intakes for tailpipe cooling. All “Aeroplane” photographs Feature Premium

Revealing Insights into UK-based USAF F-86D Sabres

A detailed report on the new capabilities provided by the F-86D from the April 22, 1955 issue of The Aeroplane

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US Army Mohawks peeking behind the Iron Curtain

Doug Gordon outlines the border surveillance missions undertaken by the US Army’s Mohawks in West Germany during the Cold War

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The tragic crash of an Eighth Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress

The valiant actions of an American B-17 pilot saved the lives of his crew – but at the expense of his own. Anthony Moor details the tragic crash of an Eighth Air Force Flying Fortress

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Military

RAF trials low-level parachute capability on A400M

As the RAF continues to expand and develop the capabilities of its Airbus A400M Atlas C1 fleet, the service revealed on September 7 that it has successfully completed a series of low-level parachute trials on the type

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Inside 700X NAS: The Royal Navy’s Experimental Drone Squadron

We spoke to Lt Cdr Martin Howard to find out how his 700X Naval Air Squadron is working at the cutting edge of remote aircraft technology for the Royal Navy

Queen’s final flight sets all-time flight tracking record

The flying of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin by a Royal Air Force (RAF) C-17 Globemaster III from Edinburgh Airport to RAF Northolt on September 13 set a new flight tracking record, website Flightradar24 has said

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Commercial

In-depth look: Understanding the Spirit Airlines merger

Being billed as one of the last of the US mega-mergers, JetBlue and Spirit are to combine in a multi-billion dollar agreement. Chris Sloan reviews the deal.

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Aviation News October 2022

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Firefighting C-130 in fatal Australian crash likely stalled

A Lockheed C-130 tanker aircraft that crashed while conducting aerial firefighting in Australia likely stalled when flying in hazardous conditions, an official report into the incident has concluded.

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Flight Simulation

X-Plane 12 by Austin Meyer: The F-4 Phantom Feature Premium

X-Plane 12: by Austin Meyer – Modelling the F-4 Phantom

X-Plane's creator, Austin Meyer, discusses how he managed to create a high-fidelity F-4 Phantom in X-Plane 12 that is accurate enough to be used for actual F-4 flight instruction.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update VIII: Iberia Review

We review Update VIII: Australia for Microsoft Flight Simulator, featuring the Iberian Peninsula. It primarily covers Spain and Portugal, although it also includes a small area of Southern France, Andorra and Gibraltar.

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Madrid-Barajas Airport and City Review

We review LatinVFR's Madrid-Barajas Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The airport is the primary hub for Iberia and Air Europa, with more than 80 other scheduled airline and charter companies flying routes to destinations all over the globe.

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