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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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The USS Kearsarge amphibious group visits Northern Europe

As Finland settles into joining NATO, Combat Aircraft Journal reports on the USS Kearsarge amphibious group visit to the Northern European country, and other exercises that took place this summer

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Dramatic photos of Aviano F-16s at low level in the UK

Two Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcons from the USAF’s 555th Fighter Squadron were captured undertaking low-level training in the UK’s Lake District

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

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Convair 'fire-bomber' flies into retirement

Canada’s BC Aviation Museum experienced a first on September 23 – the simultaneous retirement to the museum of both an aircraft and its pilot

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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

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How huge A380 sections travelled to Toulouse… by road

Before production ended last year, twice a month a truly remarkable, yet largely unseen, event took place in the countryside of southwestern France. Six sections of the Airbus A380 super jumbo were driven 150 miles (240km) from Langon, south of Bordeaux, to the final assembly line in Toulouse. In the July 2017 issues of Airliner World, Martyn Cartledge joined the convoy to see how the operation ran.

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Virgin Atlantic joins SkyTeam airline alliance

Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will join global airline alliance SkyTeam, becoming its sole UK member.

Qatar Airways reveals new A380 destination

The move comes as the Qatari flag carrier plans to increase passenger capacity on a particular route. Find out which one on Key.Aero...

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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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