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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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South Korean F-4E crashes into the Yellow Sea

A McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II belonging to the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has been written off after the fighter/ground attack aircraft crashed into the Yellow Sea during a mission on August 12

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How the Italian Air Force is integrating its fourth- and fifth-gen combat forces

AirForces Monthly gained exclusive access to the Italian Air Force's frontline squadrons as they join forces with their latest fighters, as Giovanni Colla, Daniele Faccioli and Remo Guidi report

T-6C Texan II order for FMS customer

A contract was awarded to Textron Aviation Defense LLC of Wichita, Kansas, on August 12 by the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Legacy Training Aircraft Division, International Branch, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, for three T-6C Texan II aircraft

Indonesia's first C-130J-30 Super Hercules rolled out

Lockheed Martin has completed production of the first Indonesian Air Force C-130J-30 Super Hercules

Four B-2A Spirits deploy to Australia for Bomber Task Force mission

Four USAF B-2A Spirit stealth bombers from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, have been operating out of RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland, for the past few weeks to support a Pacific Air Forces Bomber Task Force deployment

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Historic

Army Flying Museum talk will commemorate Market Garden

To coincide with the anniversary of Operation Market Garden next month, Derek Armitage will be hosting a special talk at the Army Flying Museum in Middle Wallop, Hampshire, on September 13 and 14, lifting the veil on the largest airborne operation of World War Two.

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Excavated Messerschmitt engines on display

An exhibition has been staged in France to showcase the engines of three JG 53 Messerschmitt Bf 109s

Unique Desford makes final flight

The one-off Reid and Sigrist Desford completed its final flight on 19 August, on delivery to the Newark Air Museum

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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

New Hawaiian destination for X-Plane

Northern Sky Studio has announced Lanai Airport for X-Plane 11 is now available.

Phuket International Airport Released

Orbx has announced VTSP Phuket International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Exploring New Zealand's Mount Cook Region

We explore NZA’s Mount Cook Region scenery pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator, which encompasses the area around New Zealand’s tallest and most famous mountain, Mount Cook.

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