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This week on Key.Aero, we’re celebrating all things big! From the Boeing 747 to the Bristol Brabazon, and the B-52 to Beluga XL, we’ve got something for everyone. Check out our wide-ranging articles on some of the largest aircraft ever to have graced the world’s skies.

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Indonesia's first C-130J-30 Super Hercules rolled out

Lockheed Martin has completed production of the first Indonesian Air Force C-130J-30 Super Hercules

Four B-2A Spirits deploy to Australia for Bomber Task Force mission

Four USAF B-2A Spirit stealth bombers from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, have been operating out of RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland, for the past few weeks to support a Pacific Air Forces Bomber Task Force deployment

USMC Hornets deploy to Aviano

Four US Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornets were forward deployed on August 1 to Aviano Air Base, Italy, from where they were expected to operate for several weeks.

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Historic

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Luftwaffe aircraft on display at Farnborough

The January 1996 issue of ‘Flypast’ recounted a visit to Farnborough by Mike Bowyer after the end of World War Two, where he gives his personal take on Luftwaffe aircraft and equipment put on display in October 1945

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Hawkinge museum unveils new Battle of Britain sculpture

The Kent Battle of Britain Museum has re-created a famous photograph from the summer of 1940

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Combat veteran Spitfire flies in UK

Supermarine Spitfire FRXIVe RM927 has made its first flight for 70 years

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Commercial

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SNAPSHOT: Retro planespotting in Rotterdam

Long-time contributor Ron Mak shares a selection of images from Rotterdam The Hague Airport, taken between 1970 and the late 1990s

Wizz Air to close Cardiff base over winter

Low-cost airline Wizz Air has announced its intention to suspend base operations and dramatically reduce its flight schedule at Cardiff Airport this winter.

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Examining Airbus' game-changing A321XLR

Flying narrowbodies on far-flung missions of up to 11 hours is truly game-changing. Andreas Spaeth travels to Hamburg to learn more about the pioneering Airbus A321XLR

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Flight Simulation

DCS: F4U-1D Corsair Feature Premium

DCS: F4U-1D Corsair Interview

We invited the Magnitude 3 team to discuss their work on the upcoming F4U-1D Corsair and Essex-Class aircraft carrier module for DCS World.

Leonardo Software’s Fly the Maddog X Review Premium

Leonardo Software’s Fly the Maddog X

The McDonnell Douglas MD-80 built up a reputation as a dependable, rugged, easy to maintain and enjoyable aircraft to fly. We take a closer look at Leonardo Software's rendition of this popular jetliner for the Microsoft Flight Simulator platform.

San Francisco for X-Plane Out Now

Scenery developer, ShortFinal Design has released KSFO - San Francisco International Definitive for X-Plane 11.

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