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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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Is this the strangest place to see a Hawker Hunter?

After undergoing an extensive restoration, the first production Hawker Hunter F.1 WT555 has been moved to a new home, but not in a museum as you might expect. Key.Aero recounts the iconic aircraft’s story

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Short Sperrin – The Forgotten V Bomber

In 1946, amid escalating tension between East and West, Britain embarked on a programme of nuclear jet bomber development, including the stopgap Short Sperrin, as Pete London explains...

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Lancaster Return to Flight

The return to flight of a UK-based Avro Lancaster is the stuff that dreams are made of. FlyPast's Steve Beebee visited the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre where fantasy is rapidly becoming reality…

Mustang engine reaches Sywell

The Packard Merlin engine and propeller from a P-51D Mustang have been donated to Sywell Aviation Museum for restoration and display

HISTORIC AVIATION QUIZ: F-86 'SABRE DOG'

With November 18, 2022, marking the 70th anniversary of Capt J Slade Nash USAF setting a world speed record of 698.505mph over a 3km course across Southern California’s Salton Sea in F-86D Sabre 51-2945, we dedicate this week’s Historic Aviation Quiz to North American’s ‘Sabre Dog’…

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Military

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 120: World Cup Edition

Calling all aviation and football fans! The hotly anticipated FIFA World Cup 2022 has officially kicked off in Qatar, with 32 nations vying to get their hands on the coveted trophy! While there is no trophy here, can you correctly identify these 32 military aircraft with their respective operators in this special World Cup edition of the Monday Military Aviation Quiz?

Turkey’s new 'unmanned fighter' steps closer to first flight after ground test success

Turkish defence company, Baykar, has marked a significant milestone in the development of its Bayraktar Kizilelma UCAV after the initial prototype successfully completed its first Automatic Taxi and Running Test at the Akinci Flight Training and Test Center in Tekirdağ, Turkey, on November 20

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US Navy’s newest aircraft carrier arrives for first UK visit

The US Navy’s first-in-class aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R Ford (CVN-78), and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile cruiser, USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116), arrived in Portsmouth, Hampshire, for a scheduled port visit in the UK on November 14

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Commercial

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Airborne law enforcement in Washoe County

AIR International visited Nevada's Washoe County to hear about the crucial role the Airborne Law Enforcement Unit plays in the work of the Sheriff’s Office

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Business aviation: an unlikely eco champion

Business aviation is, in many areas, blazing the sustainability trail, contrary to popular perception. Paul E Eden finds out more

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British Airways reveals BRAND-NEW destination in United States

Plans for a new transatlantic route have been unveiled. Due to launch from next Summer, it will become the flag carrier’s 27th US destination served directly from London. Find out where now…

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Flight Simulation

Unalaska Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Orbx has announced that PADU Unalaska Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

London Heathrow for X-Plane 12

Origami Studios has announced London Heathrow EGLL is now available for X-Plane 12.

Typhoon for Microsoft Flight Simulator out now

CJ Simulations has released its first aircraft collection for Microsoft Flight Simulator - the Eurofighter Typhoon.

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