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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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US approves sale of 40 UH-60Ms to Australia

US State Department approval has been granted for the possible $1.95bn Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters

KC-46A makes emergency landing with boom still deployed

A USAF-operated KC-46A Pegasus was forced to make an emergency landing on August 23 with the refuelling boom still deployed after a malfunction in the retraction system

Final Exercise Point Blank of 2022 concludes

Exercise Point Blank 22-4 – the last of four quarterly-held exercises to be held in 2022 by the USAF’s 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk – took place from August 24-25

NATO confirms length of Fairford B-52 deployment

The length of deployment for the four USAF B-52Hs currently operating from RAF Fairford has been revealed by NATO

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USAF charts Grey Wolf progress as it receives first helicopters

Boeing and Leonardo Helicopters delivered four MH-139A Grey Wolf utility helicopters to Duke Field - located to the north of Eglin AFB, Florida - in mid-August as the USAF prepares to start test and development operations with the type

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Historic

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Classic jet restorations gather pace in Serbia

Former Yugoslav Air Force Soko Galeb G2 23170 / YU-YAB has received a new 'factory fresh' look as part of preparations for an appearance at September’s Airpower 2022 in Zeltweg, Austria

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Advertising aircraft…with style – step back in time to the 1950s and ’60s

We present a selection of adverts from the archives of 1950s and 1960s’ issues of The Aeroplane and other iterations of the magazine.

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Shuttleworth Racers – from the cockpit

Shuttleworth Collection pilot Jean-Michel Munn has flown all three of Old Warden’s charismatic 1930s racers. Here he describes the pleasures – and challenges – of flying each

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Commercial

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Has Delta just become Boeing 797 launch customer?

Is there more to Delta Air Lines' Boeing 737 MAX order than meets the eye?

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Flight review: KLM’s brand-new Premium Comfort cabin

After years of development and more than a decade of feverish industry speculation, it’s finally here. On August 31, KLM launched Premium Comfort, its first clean-sheet cabin concept since World Business Class arrived on the scene in 1994. 

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Recent UK planespotting highlights!

We present a selection of images of visiting aircraft from airports around the UK. For the most part, they’re commercial jets, but almost all of them are unusual types, wearing new or unique liveries or first visits by an airline or airliner to a particular airport.

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Flight Simulation

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PMDG’s 737-700 Review

When PMDG released the 737NG in 2003, it quickly gained massive popularity, becoming the go-to airliner for many simulator pilots. After 20 years of ploughing the virtual airways, the company has released an updated version of the legendary aircraft simulation for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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DCS: F4U-1D Corsair Interview

We invited the Magnitude 3 team to discuss their work on the upcoming F4U-1D Corsair and Essex-Class aircraft carrier module for DCS World.

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Leonardo Software’s Fly the Maddog X

The McDonnell Douglas MD-80 built up a reputation as a dependable, rugged, easy to maintain and enjoyable aircraft to fly. We take a closer look at Leonardo Software's rendition of this popular jetliner for the Microsoft Flight Simulator platform.

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