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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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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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F-117 Pilot: Nighthawk combat debut in Panama and becoming a squadron boss

In this second article on Greg Feest’s F-117 career, which appeared in the January 2018 issue of Aviation News, among the topics he covered were flying a combat mission to Panama and becoming a squadron commander

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 110

Welcome to the 110th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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EXCLUSIVE: Flying mountain operations with AW119s from Portugal’s Esquadra 552

We joined the Portuguese Air Force’s Esquadra 552 ‘Zangões’ for a mountain flying exercise. The unit has proven the relevance of training exercises – battling major wildfires

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Historic

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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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F-86 Sabre pilot on fighting MiGs in the Korean War

In the August 2009 issue of FlyPast, Warren E Thompson takes a look at Sabre versus MiG and presents an American pilot’s account of fighting Soviet jets in the Korean War

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Commercial

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United Airlines reveals MAJOR new Gulf route

Following a “historic commercial agreement”, the American carrier plans to launch a new long-haul link to the Middle East…

Air India to increase fleet by more than 25%

This fleet expansion will involve both single- and twin-aisle jets from different manufacturers. Find out more on Key.Aero…

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Two killed as TAP Airbus A320 collides with motorbike

Aviation authorities in Guinea have launched an investigation into the freak accident at Conakry.

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Flight Simulation

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).

Cessna U206G Stationair for X-Plane incoming

Thranda Design has announced the next aircraft in the Dynamic Generation Series, the Cessna U206G Stationair for X-Plane 11 is in development.

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