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This week on Key.Aero, we’re celebrating all things big! From the Boeing 747 to the Bristol Brabazon, and the B-52 to Beluga XL, we’ve got something for everyone. Check out our wide-ranging articles on some of the largest aircraft ever to have graced the world’s skies.

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USAF deploys four B-52s to the UK

Four USAF B-52H Stratofortress bombers from the 5th Bomb Wing (BW) at Minot Air Force Base (AFB), North Dakota, arrived at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, UK, on August 18

Lockheed Martin to build 129 F-35s under mega $7.6bn contract

US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin for the procurement of 129 Lot 15 F-35 Lightning IIs

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Everything you need to know about the Ilyushin Il-76

The Ilyushin Il-76 has been the most important transport aircraft in the Russian Air Force inventory since the 1970s. Production has restarted after a two-decade hiatus on an updated version of a type that has also served as a tanker, early warning platform and civilian freighter, among other duties. Piotr Butowski examines the type’s history.

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Historic

South Wales Aviation Museum receives Canberra

St Athan-based South Wales Aviation Museum has taken delivery of a 1954-built English Electric Canberra TT.18

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Aeroplane Personal Album: Croydon in the ’30s

The collection of negatives loaned to reader John Evans by Pembrokeshire-based friend Joyce Northwood elicits another selection from Croydon Airport in the 1930s, focusing on mainland European visitors to this cosmopolitan hub

Southend Vulcan open to visitors on Sunday 21st

The Vulcan Restoration Trust will open its gates to visitors this Sunday.

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Commercial

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Jumbo testing: Boeing's chief 747 pilot on developing the -8

Back in 2017 and long before the COVID-19 pandemic had dealt a cruel blow to the Jumbo, Airliner World spoke to Mark Feuerstein who was then Boeing’s chief pilot, 747 Programs, about his role in the development of the -8 variant. Feuerstein retired from the company in 2021.

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Why BA A350-1000 suffered tail-strike during go-around

The three-year-old widebody picked up damage to its fuselage surface when the tail struck the ground during a go-around at Heathrow after a prolonged float during the flare to land.

Milan Bergamo wins new A321LR long-haul link

A low-cost carrier plans to connect the Italian gateway with narrowbody jets on a 2,883-mile route. Find out more here…

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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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