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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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ATAC Mirage F1CR crashes

A DASSAULT Mirage F1CR operated by military contractor Airborne Tactical Advantage Co (ATAC) crashed near Buckeye, about 30 miles west of Phoenix, Arizona, at approximately 1111hrs local time during a routine training mission on February 10.

First Dutch Reaper accepted

THE FIRST General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9A Reaper for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has been officially acquired from the manufacturer.

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How France readied its Airbus A400M fleet for war

As France prepares to retire the last of its ageing C-160R Transalls, Babak Taghvaee looks at how the French Air and Space Force readied its Airbus A400M Atlas fleet for war

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What we know so far about Bell's 360 Invictus helicopter

We take a closer look at the light attack/scout helicopter that is one of two platforms being considered by the US Army as a viable replacement for its Kiowa Warrior fleet

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First Triton IFC-4 UAV delivered to US Navy

The first Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) configured to the Integrated Functional Capability 4 standard has been delivered to the US Navy

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Historic

Bravo November now on display at RAF Museum

The sole surviving Chinook helicopter flown by the RAF during the Falklands campaign is now on display at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford.

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The incredible story of how Malta survived World War Two

Almost totally surrounded, outnumbered and outresourced, the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta became a byword for bravery and resilience in World War Two, and never more so than in the April of 1942. Joseph Debono explains

The primary aircraft for the Black Buck 1 mission was Vulcan B.2 XM598 (shown here shortly after it first arrived at Wideawake Airfield), however a cockpit window wouldn’t seal properly and so the aircraft couldn’t be pressurised. This led to the back-up aircraft carrying out the attack. Bob Shackleton/VTST Feature Premium

Planning the Vulcan raids on the Falklands

Dr Kevin Wright interviewed Sqn Ldr Andy Marson (Ret), at the time Vulcan to the Sky Trust’s navigator on XH558, who helped plan the Black Buck raids during the Falklands War. He provided his insight into these complex missions in the August 2015 issue of Aviation News

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Commercial

Is the AN-225 airborne?

The Kyiv-based colossus has appeared on flightradar24 and other flight monitoring platforms

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Hill Helicopters and its revolutionary HX50

UK start-up Hill Helicopters is taking big steps towards its goal of ‘disrupting’ the general aviation market with its revolutionary HX50. Will it succeed? Mark Broadbent investigates

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REX Saab 340 almost stalls after icing issues

A report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has revealed that a REX Saab 340 almost stalled while returning to Perth after one of its de-icing boots failed.

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Flight Simulation

Cityscape Sydney Updated

Available now on Orbx Central is the much-anticipated update to Cityscape Sydney.

Fokker F28 for Microsoft Flight Simulator In Development

Just Flight has announced the Fokker F28 Fellowship for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now in development.

FlightSimExpo Announces Initial Exhibitor List

North America’s flight simulation conference returns on September 24-26, 2021. As a hybrid event, attendees can participate in-person at Town and Country Resort San Diego or online.

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