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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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War Surplus: Belly Tank Racers

Frank Mormillo reports on the War Surplus on Wheels – World War II’s Influence on Hot Rodding exhibition at California's Lyon Air Museum

Where do you find the wood for a Mosquito restoration?

Multi-national effort solves supply problem for Calgary museum ‘Mossie’ project

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What is it like to fly a Fairchild PT-26 Cornell?

The PT-26 was the USAAC’s first monoplane trainer and a huge step forward from its ageing biplanes. A limited number remain airworthy – our resident pilot Dave Unwin sampled Bob Tullius’ immaculate Florida-based bird

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Aviation News December 2022

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Historic Aviation Quiz

Test your knowledge with this week's historic aviation quiz...

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Military

Poland agrees MQ-9A Reaper lease deal

As Poland continues to increase its defence spending in the face of the Ukraine War and the renewed Russian threat, the Polish Ministry of National Defence has signed an agreement with General Atomics to lease an undisclosed number of MQ-9A Reaper RPA

US Navy resurrects EA-18G five years after mid-air collision

More than five years after a US Navy-operated EA-18G Growler was involved in a mid-air collision with another aircraft that deemed it to be damaged beyond repair, the electronic attack jet has been returned to flight operations after the service completed a complex refurbishment process

USMC marks major milestone with final AH-1Z Viper delivery

The US Marine Corps (USMC) received its 189th and final Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Camp Pendleton in California on November 4

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Flying 747 Hajj flights from Baghdad: Inside the cockpit

In the March 2011 issue of Airliner World pilot Alan Carter reported from the flightdeck of a Boeing 747-400 taking pilgrims from countries around the world to the holy sites in Saudi Arabia.

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BOAC’s turbulent first years flying the Boeing 747

In a 2021 special publication on the Boeing 747 Bob O’Brien detailed how as British Overseas Airways Corporation was one of the early operators of the revolutionary Boeing 747 and with its introduction came some design innovations

airBaltic records MAJOR milestone with its Airbus A220s

The carrier has confirmed an important milestone was reached with its fleet of Airbus A220-300s. Find out exactly what this was right here…

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Flight Simulation

Analog King Air pack released

Black Square's Steam Gauge overhaul for the default MSFS King Air 350i provides a new interior and panel with 3D' steam' gauges and swappable radio configurations.

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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.

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