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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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How Lockheed Martin is dominating the European fighter market

We report on US defence prime Lockheed Martin's tight grip on Europe's fighter market after the conclusion of Finland’s HX programme and Helsinki’s decision to opt for the F-35

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Adopting ASaC: Merlins take over Royal Navy surveillance role

Now responsible for covering the Royal Navy’s airborne surveillance and control mission, alongside its established maritime patrol helicopter roles, the Fleet Air Arm’s Merlin Helicopter Force is adapting to meet the challenges of a new operating environment, as we report

USAF to start retiring Joint STARS fleet this year

USAF authorisation has been granted for Air Combat Command and the Georgia ANG to begin divesting its Northrop Grumman E-8C Joint STARS fleet, beginning with four aircraft in FY22

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Flying Visit: USAF B-1B Bomber Task Force Europe deployment

The USAF showcased its indomitable Rockwell B-1B Lancer’s global reach and lethality during its recent Bomber Task Force Europe deployment. Ashley Wallace reports

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Cold War fast jet pilot Ian Black on flying Bosnian night CAP missions

In the second of a two-part feature, noted Cold War fast jet pilot Ian Black takes us back into the war-torn skies of Bosnia as he battles the darkness, deteriorating weather, St Elmo’s Fire and flooded runways

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Hawaii Pacific Air’s two Carvairs are now parked out at Honolulu, hopefully waiting for a new owner. Robbie Shaw Feature Premium

Last of the Carvairs

The unusual looking Carvair has always been a rarity due to only 21 being produced. The June 1993 issue of FlyPast revealed that a Carvair had roared back into the air again and was the last example in service

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Newark Air Museum Day-Night Photo Shoot

The date for Newark Air Museum’s first Day-Night Photo Shoot event of 2022 has been set for Saturday March 26, 2022…

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How much have you been paying attention to the historic section of Key.Aero recently? Test yourself now!

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Commercial

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Retro planespotting at Nairobi in the 1970s

Bob O'Brien gives us a treat as he delves into his extensive collection to share some of the best snaps of Nairobi’s Embakasi Airport – better known today as Jomo Kenyatta International – the main gateway to Kenya’s capital and surrounding country, taken during the 1970s.

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Heading 'Down Under' to Broome Airport

While Broome International Airport is often viewed as the gateway to a tropical retreat, it also plays a critical role serving the local community and industry. Chris Frame chats with the site’s CEO, Paul McSweeney, about the airport’s latest struggles and successes.

QUIZ: UK Runway Roulette

If there's ever been a week when you want to know how much of a crosswind you have, this has probably been it... So here's an opportunity to make sure you know your 'zero eights' from your zero nine rights'

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Flight Simulation

Tenerife South Out Now

Aerosoft has announced Tenerife Sur for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Partnership Series: Text-to-Speech Engine

In the latest Partnership Series, Asobo Studio introduced the developers of the Text-to-Speech engine.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Touches Down in Venice

The latest destination to be released Aerosoft is Airfield Lido di Venezia for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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