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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

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...

Unique German helicopter restoration nearly ready after 25 years

Sole surviving Flettner Fl 282 approaches completion at Midland Air Museum

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Military

Australia moves to expand airlift capacity with new C-130J-30s

Australia is set to acquire a 24-strong fleet of new-build C-130J-30 Super Hercules tactical transports as the nation’s looks to replace the older C-130Js in RAAF service and expand its current fleet of medium-lift air mobility assets under the first phase of Project AIR 7404

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USAF’s ‘Gamblers’ stand up with Taiwanese F-16Vs in Tucson

The USAF’s 21st FS ‘Gamblers’ has recently been stood up at Morris ANGB in Tucson, Arizona, following its relocation from Luke AFB and its transition to the Republic of China Air Force’s newly upgraded F-16V Fighting Falcon

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

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Commercial

Why ATR is close to re-entering the Chinese market

The Franco-Italian manufacturer has reported several positive developments in China for its ATR 42-600 turboprop. Find out what here…

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How airlines and airports are getting ready for the 2022 FIFA World Cup

As Qatar prepares to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, we examine how airlines and airports are getting ready for an unprecedented spike in passenger demand.

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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

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Flight Simulation

C172 NG DIGITAL for X-Plane 12 released

Aircraft developer, Airfoillabs has announced the C172 NG DIGITAL Beta is now available for X-Plane 12.

HPG Hot Air Balloon lifts off

Hype Performance Group has released the first professionally developed hot air balloon for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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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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