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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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Raytheon, Northrop selected to deliver Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile to USAF

Raytheon Missiles & Defense, in partnership with Northrop Grumman, has been selected to develop and deliver the Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile (HACM) to the USAF

Top Aces selected to provide adversary air training at two USAF bases

Top Aces announced on September 12 that it had been selected by the USAF to provide adversary air training services to fighter pilots at Eglin AFB, Florida, and Luke AFB, Arizona, under the air arm’s Combat Air Force Contracted Air Support programme

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Dutch C-130Hs head to the US hills for Exercise Mountain Bull

In July, the Netherlands flew three of its four legacy C-130Hs to Peterson Space Force Base in Colorado to take part in Exercise Mountain Bull. Combat Aircraft Journal spoke with the commander of No 336 Squadron RNLAF and his US counterpart

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 112: Fighter Edition

Welcome to the 112th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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On NATO’s Frontline: Inside Spangdahlem Air Base

The crisis in Afghanistan and the war in the Ukraine has meant that US Forces in Europe’s German centre has become the heart of vital operations. We visited the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base for an update

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Flying a Spitfire: An unexpected journey

FlyPast’s James Peene and Jamie Ewan enjoyed the ride of a lifetime when they visited Aerial Collective – a flight in a Spitfire…

Battle of Britain Bunker to host author’s 50th book launch

Special event will celebrate a lifetime of dedication and commitment to recording and sharing history

Museum seeks support to boost Jetstream project

Thanks to previous donations earlier this year, Sywell Aviation Museum is making great progress in the restoration of 1969-built Handley Page Jetstream G-RAVL

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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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Inside the factory: preparing an A380 for delivery

In the April 2014 issue of Aviation News, Martyn Cartledge visited Toulouse and Hamburg to explain the process involved after an Airbus A380 leaves the production hall until delivery to an airline.

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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

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Flight Simulation

Vans RV-8 takes flight in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Terrainy Studios has announced the Vans RV-8 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Sim Update X released

Asobo Studio has announced Sim Update X for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available, adding a host of fixes and new features across the platform.

NVIDIA announces the RTX 4000 series of graphics cards

NVIDIA has unveiled the next-generation family of graphics cards, the RTX 4080 and RTX 4090.

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