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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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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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Poland opts for AH-64E to replace Hind gunships

Poland announced it had selected the Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter to replace the Polish Land Forces’ ageing fleet of Soviet-era Mil Mi-24D/W Hind-D/E gunships on September 8

Interim report released on loss of F-35B on HMS Queen Elizabeth

An interim report into the loss of UK F-35B Lightning II ZM152 ‘018’ on HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) on November 17, 2021, was published by the UK Ministry of Defence on September 8

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Historic

Winner of de Havilland flying scholarship revealed

Selma Gage awarded flight training bursary

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Battle of Britain's forgotten 'Few': Hurricane R4118 pilot 'Jock' Muirhead

One of three pilots to score air-to-air victories in Hawker Hurricane I R4118 during the Battle of Britain, Flt Lt Ian ‘Jock’ Muirhead was tragically shot down and killed just three weeks after his own success

Aero Legends’ Spitfire salutes The Queen

Aero Legends has modified the nose-art on Supermarine Spitfire T.IX NH341 to pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen

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Commercial

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Maeve Aerospace: Leading the charge

Dutch developer Maeve Aerospace is working on a zero-emissions electric passenger aircraft. Mark Broadbent heard more from its CEO, Jan Willem Heinen

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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

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Flight Simulation

GSX Pro for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

FSDreamTeam has released a new version of GSX Pro for Microsoft Flight Simulator, adding realistic ground services such as pushback, catering, refuelling, baggage loading and marshalling.

DCS: F-100D Super Sabre in development

Eagle Dynamics has announced a new third-party developer, Grinnelli Designs, is working on the F-100D Super Sabre for DCS.

Redhill Aerodrome for Microsoft Flight Simulator out now

Scenery developer, Burning Blue Design’s has announced EGKR Redhill Aerodrome for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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