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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 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

Airbus trials outsized military cargo loading system on Beluga

Airbus Defence and Space announced on September 21 that it has developed a loading system to lift outsized military cargo into the Beluga A300-600ST freight aircraft, revealing that the capability was successfully tested in a verification exercise with the German Armed Forces – the system’s first customer – in Manching, Germany

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UK delays full operating capability for F-35B fleet by two years

The UK’s Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II force has suffered a schedule setback after it was revealed that full operating capability for the fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter fleet – which was initially planned to be declared in 2023 – has now slipped by two years to 2025

French Navy receives first SAR-configured H160 helicopter

France’s defence procurement agency, the Direction Generale de l’Armament (DGA; General Directorate of Armament), has delivered the first Airbus Helicopters H160B to the French Navy

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Historic

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

Phantom completed for memorial display

Atlanta-based company Ponsford has completed refurbishment work on McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom 67-0438, which was recently installed at the East Mississippi Veterans Memorial Park...

French Norécrin makes first flight in decades

Nord 1203 Norécrin F-PHPK made a successful return to the air earlier this year from Colmar-Houssen in Alsace, France...

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Want to own part of an A380?

Airbus is selling off parts of its famous A380 double-decker airliner with an auction in Toulouse between October 13 and 15.

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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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Orbx releases Orbs, a new in-game currency

Orbx has introduced a new in-game currency dubbed Orbs, which can be earned by purchasing from OrbxDirect and subscribing to Volanta Premium.

Cessna Stationair DGS series released

Thranda Design has announced the next aircraft in the Dynamic Generation Series, the Cessna U206G Stationair, is now available for X-Plane.

Mexican Mountain for Microsoft Flight Simulator

//42 has announced Mexican Mountain for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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