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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 111

Welcome to the 111th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Lakenheath's First F-35 Squadron

In a recent special publication marking the 80th anniversary of USAFE Mark Ayton provided an overview of the re-activation of the 495th Fighter Squadron at RAF Lakenheath, and its work-up with the F-35A Lightning II

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The USAF readies the F-15EX Eagle II

A special publication to mark the 75th anniversary of the USAF featured this article on the Boeing F-15EX Eagle II, which is the most advanced Eagle yet and is the first new fourth generation fighter to be procured by the USAF for many years

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Air Dominance Beyond Raptor

The ‘US Air Force Air Power Yearbook 2022’ features this overview of America's Next Generation Air Dominance programme that will supersede the F-22A Raptor

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Future aircraft of the USAF

This article emanates from a special publication to mark the 75th anniversary of the USAF and details some of the aircraft that will equip tomorrow’s air force

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Historic

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Battle of Britain's forgotten 'Few': a star extinguished

One of Australia’s ‘Few’, Plt Off John Crossman’s star blazed briefly, but brightly, during the summer of 1940 — and is today saluted by the UK’s latest airworthy Hurricane

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Blackbird tales from the most experienced SR-71 pilot

Lt Col Bredette Thomas (Ret’d), who has the highest number of hours on the SR-71 Blackbird of any pilot, tells Dino Carrara about his extensive career on this remarkable aircraft during the Cold War.

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Flying the F-4 Phantom in Vietnam

Colonel Richard H Graham (ret’d) is best known as an SR-71 Blackbird pilot – but he earlier flew 210 combat missions in the F-4 during the Vietnam War, some of which were in the Wild Weasel role.

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Commercial

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American Airlines unveils suite new offering

The US major has shared previews of new-look cabins for its long-haul fleets.

Air Canada and SAS are feeling the love with Heart Aerospace

New Swedish electric-hybrid aircraft programme gathers pace with further airline support. Find out more on Key.Aero.

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Airbus A350 arrives with Azul

The widebody touched down into Brazil recently and forms part of the airline’s wider fleet modernisation. Read more on Key.Aero…

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Flight Simulation

Bermuda for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

FeelThere has announced Bermuda L.F. Wade International Airport (TXKF) for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

Parallel 42 releases Campout utility for Microsoft Flight Simulator

The Campout Utility allows you to take camping equipment on board any aircraft and set up camp anywhere in the world. It's not scenery; it's a live and dynamic object placement add-on, managed via an in-sim menu system.

Local Legends 6, Junkers F 13 takes flight

The Microsoft Flight Simulator team has released the Junkers F 13 to coincide with the first-ever City Update, featuring five new photogrammetry German cities.

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