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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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Airbus trials outsized military cargo loading system on Beluga

Airbus Defence and Space announced on September 21 that it has developed a loading system to lift outsized military cargo into the Beluga A300-600ST freight aircraft, revealing that the capability was successfully tested in a verification exercise with the German Armed Forces – the system’s first customer – in Manching, Germany

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UK delays full operating capability for F-35B fleet by two years

The UK’s Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II force has suffered a schedule setback after it was revealed that full operating capability for the fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter fleet – which was initially planned to be declared in 2023 – has now slipped by two years to 2025

French Navy receives first SAR-configured H160 helicopter

France’s defence procurement agency, the Direction Generale de l’Armament (DGA; General Directorate of Armament), has delivered the first Airbus Helicopters H160B to the French Navy

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Eurofighter in Focus: Inside Italy's annual Typhoon Flag exercise

As Italy gathers its Typhoons together, we consider how the annual exercise sharpens the fast jet fighting force

Greece takes delivery of first two F-16Vs

During a ceremony at Tanagra Air Base on September 12, the Hellenic Air Force took delivery of its first two fully upgraded F-16V Block 72 Vipers

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Historic

French Norécrin makes first flight in decades

Nord 1203 Norécrin F-PHPK made a successful return to the air earlier this year from Colmar-Houssen in Alsace, France...

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Hell on high ground - what happened to RB-29A 44-61999 'Over Exposed'?

Jamie Ewan trekked across Bleaklow Moor in  Derbyshire’s High Peaks to visit the final resting place of a Boeing RB-29A Superfortress. But what happened on a fateful day in 1948?

Historic Aviation Quiz: British Aircraft Recognition

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

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Commercial

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Why a second-hand A380 is an extremely hard sell

Now production has ended, the secondary market for the Airbus A380 is struggling to take off. In a special publication released in 2020, Mark Broadbent considered the opportunities and obstacles and asked whether this was a feasible option

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Virgin Atlantic joins SkyTeam airline alliance

Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will join global airline alliance SkyTeam, becoming its sole UK member.

Qatar Airways reveals new A380 destination

The move comes as the Qatari flag carrier plans to increase passenger capacity on a particular route. Find out which one on Key.Aero...

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Flight Simulation

Mexican Mountain for Microsoft Flight Simulator

//42 has announced Mexican Mountain for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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.

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