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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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Vulcan XH558 – final flight speculation quashed

It’s been confirmed that Vulcan XH558 will not be able to make a final flight to a new home

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How Hawker Tempests exploded V1s before they could reach London

Within weeks of arrival on operations, the first Tempest squadrons were confronted by their greatest challenge – the V1 flying bomb. Beginning shortly after D-Day and lasting until the launch sites were captured by Allied armies in September, the Tempest pilots flew day and night in a desperate effort to explode the world’s first cruise missiles before they could reach London, which Hitler vowed to destroy with his ‘Vengeance’ weapon.

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What made the Hawker Tempest II the ultimate variant?

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver describes how the Tempest provided the fighter core of the British Occupation forces in Germany and served in India to become the initial equipment for the air forces of India and Pakistan.

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Aeroplane December 2022

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Aeroplane Calendar 2023

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Spain's venerable Sea King fleet bows out of service

The venerable Sea King has finally retired from Spanish Navy duties. AirForces Monthly examines the impact of the iconic helicopter that served for 56 years

USAF to expand Australian base for B-52s

The US plans to create facilities to base six B-52s in Australia in a move that experts say is linked to increased tensions with China over Taiwan

First MESA sensor is installed on to RAF E-7A Wedgetail

The first of three RAF Boeing E-7A Wedgetail AEW1 airborne early warning and control aircraft received its Multi-role Electronically Scanned Array (MESA) sensor on November 4

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British Airways’ 50 years of flying the Boeing 747

Five decades on from Britain’s first order for Boeing 747s, in the September 2016 issue of Aviation News Charles Kennedy looked back at the life and times of the British Airways jumbo fleet.

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An insight into Innsbruck Airport

Innsbruck’s alpine terrain and unpredictable weather can make it one of the most technically demanding airports in Europe. Ahead of a busy winter season, we learn more about the region’s most interesting air gateway.

The Ultimate Virgin A330neo quiz!

This week marked the inaugural flight of Virgin Atlantic's first Airbus A330neo. To celebrate the occasion, we've a special edition of our commercial aviation quiz to put your knowledge of the brand-new jet to the test. Good luck!

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Flight Simulation

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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!’

H145 helicopter upgraded

Hype Performance Group has released version 0.96 of the H145 helicopter for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Tailstrike Designs’ Airport Bergamo

Italy: home of pasta, pizza, Puccini and Ferraris. The most visited city, not just in Italy but in the whole European Union is Milan. Today, I'm looking at one of the three Milan airports. It’s not Malpensa or Linate. Instead, I'm heading up the E64 to Bergamo, Milan's equivalent to London Stansted.

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