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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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USAF, Northrop Grumman reveal schedule for planned B-21 rollout

The USAF and Northrop Grumman revealed on September 20 that the B-21 Raider – the air arm’s next-generation stealth bomber – will be formally unveiled to the public for the first time in early December, ahead of the type’s planned first flight in 2023.

Lightning strikes Belgian F-16BM during training sortie

A Lockheed Martin F-16BM Block 20 (MLU) Fighting Falcon was forced to make a precautionary landing at Ostend-Bruges International Airport after being struck by lightning on September 14

Northrop Grumman unveils first MQ-4C Triton for Australia

Northrop Grumman revealed Australia’s maiden MQ-4C Triton autonomous aircraft, serial number A57-001, during a ceremony at its high-altitude, long-endurance aircraft production site in Palmdale, California, on September 14

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How the German Army’s Tiger gunships support the NATO Response Force

We spoke with the commander of the Heeresflieger’s (German Army Aviation’s) Regiment 36 about his unit’s attack helicopters and their role within the NATO Response Force

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IN PICTURES: German Tornados make rare low-level appearance in UK 

The six German Air Force Tornado ECRs currently deployed to the UK for Exercise Cobra Warrior are also undertaking their own training sorties outside of the aforementioned event.

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FlyPast November 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

Why did Vulcan XM655 run off the runway at Wellesbourne?

Following its runway excursion on Friday, the XM655 Maintenance and Preservation Society provided an update…

Iowa ARNG Chinook delivers historic fighter to Sioux City

A Boeing CH-47F Chinook assigned to the Iowa ARNG’s Company B, 171st Aviation Regiment recently delivered a historic Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star fighter from its static display at the Iowa state headquarters in Des Moines to the ANG paint facility in Sioux City, where it will be repainted

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Commercial

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Aeroflot poised for major overhaul

The Russian flag carrier is responding to international sanctions with a significant aircraft order and plans to rehash its network.

SunExpress heads for Newcastle

The Turkish leisure carrier has revealed plans for a new seasonal route to the North East.

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Akasa Air plans Indian capital debut

As the fledgling carrier continues to grow, new additions to its routemap are scheduled from next month. Find out all on Key.Aero…

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Flight Simulation

X-Plane 12 enters Early Access

Laminar Research has announced X-Plane 12 has been released in Early Access.

Carenado PC12 touches down in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Carenado PC12 now available on the Microsoft Flight Simulator Marketplace.

C-130J Hercules coming to DCS

Eagle Dynamics has announced a new third-party developer, Airplane Simulation Company has started working on a modernised version of the tactical airlifter for DCS, the C-130J.

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