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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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FEATURE: Tension created by PLA drills around Taiwan

The unprecedented PLA drills around Taiwan have raised tensions across the Straits to levels not seen in nearly 30 years, as Combat Aircraft Journal reports

NATO receives first upgraded RQ-4D Phoenix

The first RQ-4D Phoenix HALE UAV to complete the so-called Maritime Mode software upgrade and subsequent testing with the type’s manufacturer, Northrop Grumman, was returned to the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force at Sigonella Air Base in Sicily, Italy, on September 17

Switzerland signs procurement contract for 36 F-35As

Swiss plans to acquire a fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters marked a significant step forward on September 19, when Switzerland’s federal office for defence procurement, armasuisse, announced that the procurement contract for 36 aircraft had been signed

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The F-15EX and the capabilities it brings to the USAF

As a wartime machine, the newly acquired F-15EX is yet to play its part. Combat Aircraft Journal  considers its development as a whole weapon system and the capabilities it looks to bring to the US Air Force

RAF Typhoons help sink US frigate

In the early weeks of September, during a multinational SINKEX off the coast of Scotland, Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4s helped destroy a decommissioned US Navy frigate

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Goodwood honours for Hurricane and Catalina

The Freddie March Spirit of Aviation concours d’elegance returned for its 22nd year at September’s evocative Goodwood Revival in Sussex

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1./JG 53 – The Luftwaffe’s ‘Ace of Spades’

Nine Messerschmitt Bf 109E-equipped Jagdgeschwaders would take part in the Battle of Britain, each of which was made up of nine staffels. Chris Goss relates the story of one of these – 1 Staffel/Jagdgeschwader 53...

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Boulton Paul Defiant: Its early success in 1940

Before the Luftwaffe discovered its weak points, the Boulton Paul Defiant gave a good account of itself. Graham Pitchfork profiles two crews that had impressive success in the turret fighter…

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Solidarity Transport Hub – an investment in the economic future and safety of Poland and the CEE region

Poland’s Solidarity Transport Hub is crucial not only for the economic growth of the country and wider region but for European security

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How Airbus upgraded the A380

While remaining one of the most recognisable aircraft currently flying, the A380 has evolved in the ten years since its debut. Mark Broadbent explores how it has changed and considers the logistics of operating Europe’s super jumbo.

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What engines power the massive Airbus A380?

Engine Alliance and Rolls-Royce continue to use technology insertions to improve the efficiency and durability of their respective A380-specific engine. Chris Kjelgaard looks at the detail

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Flight Simulation

ViperJet eX Released

Aircraft developer, Aerobask has released the ViperJet eX for X-Plane 12.

Microsoft Flight Simulator touches down in Vestmannaeyjar

Scenery developer, MM Simulations has announced Vestmannaeyjar Airport) for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

FlightSimExpo releases initial 2023 event schedule and travel details

One of the world’s largest flight simulation events, FlightSimExpo, will take place in Houston Texas on June 23-25, 2023. Held across two locations near Houston’s Hobby Airport (HOU), the 2023 event will offer flight simulation fans the chance to interact with developers, try out the latest hardware, hear the latest products and meet fellow sim enthusiasts.

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