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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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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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Two more Kazakh L-39Cs fly again from Aero

Two of ten Kazakhstan Air Defence Force (KADF) L-39C Albatrosses that have been going through overhaul and upgrade at Aero Vodochody since mid-2020, were seen flying from the company's facility near Prague, Czech Republic, on September 7

Indian government gives go-ahead for Tejas Mk 2

India’s Cabinet Committee on Security gave approval at a meeting on September 1 for design and development of the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) Tejas Mk 2 4.5-generation, medium-weight supersonic fighter

Boeing advances manned-unmanned teaming with MQ-25 Stingray

Boeing announced on September 6 that it has digitally demonstrated a new open autonomy architecture for the MQ-25A Stingray carrier-based aerial refuelling UAV that will allow the US Navy to increase mission effectiveness by integrating MUM-T capability at speed and scale

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Historic

Dramatic Spitfire and Hurricane flypast stars at Duxford show

A 20-aircraft warbird formation set the seal on IWM Duxford’s annual Battle of Britain event

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Skyhawk removed from pole for preservation

Classic jet being refurbished behind the scenes – Lutterworth Whittle memorial also receiving attention

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Hurel-Dubois aircraft and their pioneering long wings

Commonly dubbed the 'flying letter-opener', Hurel-Dubois aircraft designs were best known for their high-aspect ratio wings. Jean-Christophe Carbonel takes an in-depth look at this short-lived French airframer

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Commercial

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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.

PLAY initiates its biggest recruitment drive

The Icelandic low-cost carrier is hiring as part of its growth trajectory ahead of summer 2023.

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Flight Simulation

Milan Malpensa incoming

Aerosoft has announced Mega Airport Milan Malpensa for Microsoft Flight Simulator is in development.

Bonanza V35 for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

The Microsoft Flight Simulator team has announced the Beechcraft Bonanza V35 is now available.

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We explore Aerosoft’s Mega Airport Brussels

Aerosoft’s Mega Airport Brussels has often been described as the best third-party airport yet produced for Microsoft Flight Simulator. We take a closer look at one of Europe’s busiest aviation hubs and see how it measures up.

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