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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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Battle of Britain's forgotten 'Few': a star extinguished

One of Australia’s ‘Few’, Plt Off John Crossman’s star blazed briefly, but brightly, during the summer of 1940 — and is today saluted by the UK’s latest airworthy Hurricane

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Blackbird tales from the most experienced SR-71 pilot

Lt Col Bredette Thomas (Ret’d), who has the highest number of hours on the SR-71 Blackbird of any pilot, tells Dino Carrara about his extensive career on this remarkable aircraft during the Cold War.

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Flying the F-4 Phantom in Vietnam

Colonel Richard H Graham (ret’d) is best known as an SR-71 Blackbird pilot – but he earlier flew 210 combat missions in the F-4 during the Vietnam War, some of which were in the Wild Weasel role.

Wellesbourne Vulcan XM655 runs off runway

Avro Vulcan B.2 XM655 was involved in a taxiing incident at Wellesbourne on September 16.

Nimrod crew tribute unveiled in Scotland

The Morayvia Museum at Kinloss in Scotland recently unveiled a memorial to crew members lost in three Nimrod crashes

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Military

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 115: Helicopter Edition

Welcome to the 115th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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AIR International November 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Inside the US Navy Reserve's last operational P-3C Orion squadron

Washington’s Patrol Squadron 69 (VP-69) ‘Totems’ was the sole active P-3C squadron in the US Navy Reserve fleet until September 30. AirForces Monthly visited the unit to report on the twilight of its Orion operations

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Commercial

More Boeing 737 MAX jets for LOT Polish Airlines

The flag carrier is to increase its fleet of the next-generation narrowbody type this month. Find out more…

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EVO: Insight into ATR's sustainable turboprop project

ATR will officially launch its new EVO turboprop by the end of next year. Richard Schuurman caught up with Stéphane Viala, the OEM’s senior vice president of engineering, to learn more about the project

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Startled and distracted 737 crew forgot to set full take-off thrust

The first officer of a Jet2 Boeing 737-800 inadvertently set the wrong thrust setting for take-off after being startled by the unexpected movement of the aircraft during an engine run-up procedure, a report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has found.

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Flight Simulation

Bonanza V35 for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

The Microsoft Flight Simulator team has announced the Beechcraft Bonanza V35 is now available.

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We explore Aerosoft’s Mega Airport Brussels

Aerosoft’s Mega Airport Brussels has often been described as the best third-party airport yet produced for Microsoft Flight Simulator. We take a closer look at one of Europe’s busiest aviation hubs and see how it measures up.

Avro RJ Professional for Microsoft Flight Simulator in development

Following the release of the 146 Professional earlier in the year, the Just Flight development team has announced it is working on its successor, the Avro RJ series for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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