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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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Bulgaria approves additional F-16 Block 70/72 purchase

The Bulgarian government has approved funding for the purchase of eight additional Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 70/72 Fighting Falcons – a sale which was initially cleared by the US State Department in April 2022

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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

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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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FlyPast November 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Commercial

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Extreme A380 cabins: what happened to the gyms and cinemas?

While the A380’s size stimulated the imagination of interior designers, not all ideas came to fruition. We spoke to design house director Luke Hawes about the realities of jumbo cabin design

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Aerospace start-ups: what can we expect from them?

From remote piloting to drones that can take off in storms, some of the most innovative technology at Farnborough International Airshow was the work of start-ups, reports Tom Batchelor

BREAKING: Doncaster Sheffield Airport to close permanently

The long-term future of Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) looks bleak after its owner confirmed the site is to close. The Peel Group said “no tangible proposals” had been received from potential suitors for the South Yorkshire Airport leaving it with no viable alternative.

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Flight Simulation

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.

X-Plane 12 enters Early Access

Laminar Research has announced X-Plane 12 has been released in Early Access.

Carenado PC12 touches down in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Carenado PC12 now available on the Microsoft Flight Simulator Marketplace.

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