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Airbus A380

The double-decker Airbus A380 caught the world’s imagination when it first flew in 2005 and still manages to turn heads. This week on Key.Aero, we’re featuring a fascinating collection of articles exploring a wide range of Super Jumbo topics from its origins, to hearing from the people who work with it to find out what makes it tick, and examining why ultimately the A380 wasn’t the commercial success Airbus had hoped for.

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Philippines deploy AS.211s for South China Sea patrols

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has deployed three SIAI-Marchetti AS.211 jet trainers/light attack aircraft to Palawan to increase maritime patrols in the West Philippine Sea, according to local media sources.

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East Sale's Trainer Transition

Patrick Dirksen and Frank Mink were invited to Royal Australian Air Force Base East Sale, Victoria, to witness operations by the PC-21 and learn more about the benefits of the new training system that comes with it.

USAF introduces Jolly Green II, awards LRIP Lot 2 contract

The US Air Force (USAF) has named the HH-60W – its new combat rescue helicopter – and has awarded Sikorsky a second Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract as flight-testing continues.

Dragon Lady completes SYERS-2C upgrades

The latest variant of Collins Aerospace’s Senior Year Electro-optical Reconnaissance System (SYERS) sensor, SYERS-2C, has completed flight testing and its first deployment on a USAF Lockheed U-2S Dragon Lady.

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France's 'Big Stick'

As the Forces Aériennes Stratégiques begins its 56th year of continuous operations, Sébastien Buyck examines the capabilities of the air force’s arm of the French nuclear triad.

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One man's love for the CAP 10B, a Mexican dream...

It might have needed a good clean, but Stu Goldspink knew it was love at first sight when he laid eyes on this former Mexican Air Force CAP 10B...

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DISTINGUISHED FLYING MEDAL FRED FRAY

Graham Pitchfork relates the flying exploits of ex-Halton apprentice Fred Fray...

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FlyPast's Top Picks!

FlyPast reviews our pick of the things to spend your money on...

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Commercial

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Remembering the reliable TriStar

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar...

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ATL90 Accountant: Counting the cost

Post-war, aircraft manufacturers wanted to reflect the excitement of flying...

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Tickets please!

With COVID-19 accelerating the trend for digital boarding passes...

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Flight Simulation

Navigraph Adds Support for the QW 787

Following the release of the latest AIRAC 1711 cycle, Navigraph has announced it now supports the QualityWings Ultimate 787 Collection

TFFJ – St Barts for X-Plane

Saint Barthélemy Airport (TFFJ) in the Caribbean is famous for its steep descent over a hilltop and short landing strip. Consequently, the largest aircraft allowed to operate to the airport is the Canadian-built de Havilland Dash 7 Twin Otter.

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PMDG Douglas DC-6 Cloudmaster for FSX

PMDG recently announced the release of its DC-6 for FSX...

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