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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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Slovakia bids farwell to the Mig-29 Fulcrum

As the Slovak Air Force withdraws the MiG-29 Fulcrum from service, Air Forces Monthly reports on the future for the fleet and Slovakia’s fighter operations

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South African Gripens gain new lease-of-life with Saab support contract

Swedish aircraft and defence equipment manufacturer, Saab, has been contracted to provide maintenance services for the South African Air Force’s fleet of JAS 39C/D Gripen multi-role fighters, as the nation seeks to revive its long-dormant combat and defensive capabilities

Second batch of Chengdu J-10CE fighters arrives in Pakistan

A second batch of Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group/Chengdu Aerospace Corporation J-10CE multi-role fighters has been handed over to the Pakistan Air Force, increasing the number delivered to date to 12 aircraft

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Behind-the-scenes with the USAF's famed Hurricane Hunters

Most pilots go out of their way to avoid hazardous weather, but the USAF’s elite 'Hurricane Hunters' tackle it head on. In the September 2021 issue of Combat Aircraft Journal Chris Croot talked to members of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron about their death-defying mission

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Tension created by unprecedented 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

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Historic

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Students resume work on Meteor project

Former Argentinian Air Force (FAA) Gloster Meteor F.4 C-010 (formerly RAF RA393) is currently being restored by students of the Escuela de Educación Secundaria Técnica No.7, a technical school in Buenos Aires

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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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Commercial

The Ultimate Airbus A380 Quiz!

It's A380 Week on Key.Aero and to celebrate, we've a special super jumbo quiz for you. From notable operators to technical specifications, this double-decker brain tickler is guaranteed to put your knowledge to the test. Good luck!

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What it takes to keep the A380 flying

After 10 years in service Ian Goold, in the June 2017 issue of Aviation News, looked at what it takes to maintain the A380 to keep it flying safely and how Airbus had refined the process

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Flying on a British Airways A380 – passenger experience

In the December 2013 issue of Aviation News Charles Kennedy recounted the first British Airways A380 flight to Los Angeles and reported on the passenger experience

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Flight Simulation

World Update XI: Canada Now Available

Asobo Studio has released World update XI: Canada for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The latest world update improves the scenery for Canada with upgraded urban architecture, accurate coastlines, tundras, glaciers and mountain peaks.

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.

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