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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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Whatever happened to the US Army's proposed Aerial Common Sensor aircraft?

The US Army’s Aerial Common Sensor was conceived to combine the RC-12 Guardrail Common Sensor and the RC-7 Airborne Reconnaissance Low into a single aircraft. We explain how the proposed system was scuppered by its own ambitions

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USAF retires ‘Nuke Sniffer’ aircraft after 60 years of ops

Following 60 years of operational service, the USAF retired Offutt AFB-based Boeing WC-135W Constant Phoenix, serial 61-2667, on September 7

Chilean KC-130R fitted with new NP2000 props

In an effort to improve the efficiency of its Hercules fleet, the Chilean Air Force has begun retrofitting the aircraft with new Collins Aerospace eight-blade NP2000 composite propellers

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How is French Naval Aviation being modernised to meet emerging threats?

The Aéronautique Navale (French Naval Aviation) carries out a wide range of missions from land bases, the FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) aircraft carrier and many support ships. We assess its strengths and how the service is being modernised to meet new and emerging threats

USAF, Northrop Grumman reveal schedule for planned B-21 rollout

The USAF and Northrop Grumman revealed on September 20 that the B-21 Raider – the air arm’s next-generation stealth bomber – will be formally unveiled to the public for the first time in early December, ahead of the type’s planned first flight in 2023.

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Historic

Historic Aviation Quiz: British Aircraft Recognition

How good is your aircraft recognition? Can you recognise these British types?

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What's life without a Bird Dog?

Emerging from restoration in late 2021, a stunning Cessna Bird Dog joined the UK circuit and has already picked up a prestigious award at Goodwood. Darren Harbar goes air-to-air with the Vietnam war specialist aircraft...

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Portuguese Air Force F-86 Sabre

On September 18, 2022 at Monte Real AB annual open gates day, a newly restored F-86F Sabre was presented in silver with red nose, wing and tail tips, as per the colour scheme of the short-lived Esquadra 52 “Galos” (Roosters)…  

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Commercial

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Flying the A380: A Pilot’s Perspective

In the August 2011 issue of Aviation News Editor Dino Carrara spoke to Emirates Airbus A380 pilot, Captain Francis Carr to find out what it is like to fly and operate this massive airliner.

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ZOË ASHFORD: the new face of space

Cranfield University student Zoë Ashford tells Tara Craig why space matters

The Great British Airport Quiz!

This week's quiz celebrates some of the best airports across the British Isles. From regional gateways to global megahubs, this is the ultimate test of airport trivia!

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Flight Simulation

Skyraider for DCS World incoming

Eagle Dynamics has announced a new third-party developer, Crosstail Studios, is working on the A-1H Skyraider for DCS World.

F6F-5 Hellcat for Microsoft Flight Simulator

FlyingIron Simulations has released the F6F-5 Hellcat for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Battle of Normandy released

The IL-2 Sturmovik team has announced that after almost three years of development, Battle of Normandy is now released in Early Access.

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