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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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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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F-22 Raptor: King of the fighters

A recent special publication, ‘The US Air Force at 75’ gave an overview of the world’s premier fighter – the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor 

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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.

Wellesbourne Vulcan XM655 runs off runway

Avro Vulcan B.2 XM655 was involved in a taxiing incident at Wellesbourne on September 16.

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Commercial

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Aeroflot poised for major overhaul

The Russian flag carrier is responding to international sanctions with a significant aircraft order and plans to rehash its network.

SunExpress heads for Newcastle

The Turkish leisure carrier has revealed plans for a new seasonal route to the North East.

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Akasa Air plans Indian capital debut

As the fledgling carrier continues to grow, new additions to its routemap are scheduled from next month. Find out all on Key.Aero…

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Flight Simulation

Ibiza for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

iniBuilds has announced Ibiza for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Menorca for Microsoft Flight Simulator out now

Scenery developer, sim-wings has released a detailed rendition of Menorca Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator, sporting high-resolution aerial photographs and detailed airport buildings.

First-ever city update for Microsoft Flight Simulator now available

The Microsoft Flight Simulator team has released the first-ever city update for Microsoft Flight Simulator as well as sharing further details on the upcoming 40th Anniversary Edition.

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