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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 110

Welcome to the 110th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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EXCLUSIVE: Flying mountain operations with AW119s from Portugal’s Esquadra 552

We joined the Portuguese Air Force’s Esquadra 552 ‘Zangões’ for a mountain flying exercise. The unit has proven the relevance of training exercises – battling major wildfires

123rd Airlift Wing completes Super Hercules transition

The Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing – based at Louisville ANG Base, Kentucky – has completed its transition from the legacy C-130H Hercules tactical transport to the new C-130J Super Hercules

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Hercules Gunships: Fearsome firepower from above

Tom Kaminski detailed all variants of the AC-130 series of gunships in a 2021 article

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Going to war in the F-117: a pilot’s perspective

In the December 2017 issue of Aviation News, in the first of a two part feature, Major General Greg Feest (Ret) described joining the secret F-117A programme and the mission on which he dropped the first bomb of the Gulf War

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Historic

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KC-135Q Pilot: Special Blackbird procedures and rescuing an SR-71

Pilot Lt Col Erik C Swanson (ret.) concludes his description of serving on the KC-135Q force supporting the SR-71A Blackbird on its secret missions

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F-86 Sabre pilot on fighting MiGs in the Korean War

In the August 2009 issue of FlyPast, Warren E Thompson takes a look at Sabre versus MiG and presents an American pilot’s account of fighting Soviet jets in the Korean War

Winner of de Havilland flying scholarship revealed

Selma Gage awarded flight training bursary

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Commercial

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Digital twinning - how can it help aerospace?

What does the digital twin have to offer aerospace manufacturers and their customers? Mark Broadbent finds out

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Embraer exclusive: Fit for growth

Jorge Penalba reflects on Francisco Gomes Neto’s turbulent first years with Embraer, and how the CEO and his team intend to steer the company into calmer waters

Scotland publishes space sustainability roadmap

Scotland’s space sector has published a sustainability roadmap, underscoring its commitment to the environment

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Flight Simulation

172SP Classic Enhancement pack for MSFS released

The 172SP Classic Enhancement pack offers improvements to the default Cessna 172 Skyhawk in Microsoft Flight Simulator with more realistic engine and electrical system modelling along with upgrades to the cockpit.

PMDG releases 737-800 for MSFS

PMDG has finally released its highly anticipated Boeing 737-800 for Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS).

Cessna U206G Stationair for X-Plane incoming

Thranda Design has announced the next aircraft in the Dynamic Generation Series, the Cessna U206G Stationair for X-Plane 11 is in development.

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