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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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Military

Queen’s final flight sets all-time flight tracking record

The flying of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin by a Royal Air Force (RAF) C-17 Globemaster III from Edinburgh Airport to RAF Northolt on September 13 set a new flight tracking record, website Flightradar24 has said

USAF’s 16th ACCS completes final Joint STARS flight

The 16th Airborne Command and Control Squadron – a part of the USAF’s 461st Air Control Wing – marked a major milestone on September 8, when the unit flew its final local sortie with the Northrop Grumman E-8C Joint STARS from Robins AFB, Georgia

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Flying the KC-135Q – Global Reach for the SR-71

A force of KC-135Qs was dedicated to air-to-air refuel the SR-71A Blackbird.  In the August 2012 issue of Aviation News pilot Lt Col Erik C Swanson (ret.) described his experiences flying the ‘Q’ variant of the Stratotanker supporting the SR-71A on its secret missions

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USAF Starfighters Scrutinized

Warren E Thompson, in the December 2016 issue of Aviation News, looked back at the USAF career of the iconic Lockheed F-104 Starfighter – including its service in the Vietnam War 

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B-52Hs versus ISIS

This article on the use of the Stratofortress in the fight against ISIS comes from a bookazine about the B-52H, published this year

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Historic

Historic Aviation Quiz: The USAF at 75 Edition

This week marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the United States Air Force … but how much do you know about the service's early days?

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Battle of Britain’s forgotten ‘Few’: a brave naval aviator

The tragic tale of Fleet Air Arm pilot Arthur Blake, who fought in the RAF alongside a childhood friend

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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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Commercial

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…

QUIZ: Can you guess the airline from its tail?

It's quiz time and we've an extra tricky picture round for you this week! Can you identify the airline from just its tail design? Good luck.

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Flight Simulation

Yakutat for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Northern Sky Studio has announced that PAYA Yakutat Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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).

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