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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

Waterbird wins big at Aviation Heritage UK awards

Lakes Flying Company wins year’s top British preservation prize

Bolingbroke arrives at East Kirkby — and another to come

Exciting new addition for Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre

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Aeroplane meets... Frank Parker

Long a stalwart of the New Zealand warbird scene, this former ‘Huey’ pilot is highly valued when it comes to test-flying new restorations

MiG-27 repainted at Newark

The impressive Cold War jet has been given a new coat of paint at Newark Air Museum

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RAF Hawker Tempests in the Malayan Emergency

Following the outbreak of the Malayan Emergency in 1948, Tempest IIfighter-bombers became the backbone of the RAF’s response to the terroristsuntil they were finally displaced by jets in 1952.

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Military

Textron delivers T-6C Texan II to second African customer

Textron Aviation Defense announced that it has delivered the first of eight Beechcraft T-6C Texan II turboprop-driven advanced military training aircraft to the Tunisian Air Force – the second air arm on the African continent to acquire the type – on November 8

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Report into Canadian Snowbirds accident released

A Flight Safety Investigation Report by Canada’s Directorate of Flight Safety was published on September 21 into the accident involving a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CT-114 Tutor on August 2

USAF KC-46 Pegasus hits combat target for two-man crew

The US Air Force has carried out a Boeing KC-46A Pegasus air refuelling mission with a crew of just two for the first time to validate procedures for operating with a limited aircrew in combat

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Commercial

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Boeing 747 freighters: your complete guide

Freighters have been an important part of the success story of the Boeing 747. In the November 2017 issue of Aviation News David Wills examined the variants and conversions that have taken to the skies

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Qantas 747 captain: My special memories flying the jumbo

Owen Zupp has flown Airbus narrowbodies as well as the Boeing 737 and 787, but it is the 747 that will always hold a special place in his heart. Here, he recounts some of his outstanding memories of the iconic jumbo.

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Why the Boeing 747 was a huge gamble

The 747 was, quite literally, a huge gamble. Standing six storeys high and 225ft-long, the aptly nicknamed Jumbo Jet dwarfed its rivals and stablemates alike in both size and expense. Airliner World’s Craig West chronicles the development of Boeing’s behemoth.

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Flight Simulation

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Flight sim airports - Part I

In this new series, we will explore default Asobo airports and set out a standardised way of measuring prominent design features and compare them to the real airport. So, let’s taxi to the runway at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport and see how it measures up.

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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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