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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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Iowa ARNG Chinook delivers historic fighter to Sioux City

A Boeing CH-47F Chinook assigned to the Iowa ARNG’s Company B, 171st Aviation Regiment recently delivered a historic Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star fighter from its static display at the Iowa state headquarters in Des Moines to the ANG paint facility in Sioux City, where it will be repainted

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 111

Welcome to the 111th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Lakenheath's First F-35 Squadron

In a recent special publication marking the 80th anniversary of USAFE Mark Ayton provided an overview of the re-activation of the 495th Fighter Squadron at RAF Lakenheath, and its work-up with the F-35A Lightning II

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The USAF readies the F-15EX Eagle II

A special publication to mark the 75th anniversary of the USAF featured this article on the Boeing F-15EX Eagle II, which is the most advanced Eagle yet and is the first new fourth generation fighter to be procured by the USAF for many years

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Air Dominance Beyond Raptor

The ‘US Air Force Air Power Yearbook 2022’ features this overview of America's Next Generation Air Dominance programme that will supersede the F-22A Raptor

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Blackbird tales from the most experienced SR-71 pilot

Lt Col Bredette Thomas (Ret’d), who has the highest number of hours on the SR-71 Blackbird of any pilot, tells Dino Carrara about his extensive career on this remarkable aircraft during the Cold War.

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Flying the F-4 Phantom in Vietnam

Colonel Richard H Graham (ret’d) is best known as an SR-71 Blackbird pilot – but he earlier flew 210 combat missions in the F-4 during the Vietnam War, some of which were in the Wild Weasel role.

Wellesbourne Vulcan XM655 runs off runway

Avro Vulcan B.2 XM655 was involved in a taxiing incident at Wellesbourne on September 16.

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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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The Airbus A380 – how it all began

In a special publication on the Airbus A380 in 2020, Mark Ayton detailed how Europe's largest aerospace programme come into being. Mark Ayton goes back to where it all began.

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ZOË ASHFORD: the new face of space

Cranfield University student Zoë Ashford tells Tara Craig why space matters

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Flight Simulation

Local Legends 6, Junkers F 13 takes flight

The Microsoft Flight Simulator team has released the Junkers F 13 to coincide with the first-ever City Update, featuring five new photogrammetry German cities.

Ibiza for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

iniBuilds has announced Ibiza for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Menorca for Microsoft Flight Simulator out now

Scenery developer, sim-wings has released a detailed rendition of Menorca Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator, sporting high-resolution aerial photographs and detailed airport buildings.

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