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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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Second C295W delivered to Bangladesh

A second Airbus C295W tactical transport has been delivered to the Bangladesh Army Aviation Group

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The USS Kearsarge amphibious group visits Northern Europe

As Finland settles into joining NATO, Combat Aircraft Journal reports on the USS Kearsarge amphibious group visit to the Northern European country, and other exercises that took place this summer

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Dramatic photos of Aviano F-16s at low level in the UK

Two Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcons from the USAF’s 555th Fighter Squadron were captured undertaking low-level training in the UK’s Lake District

Raytheon, Northrop selected to deliver Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile to USAF

Raytheon Missiles & Defense, in partnership with Northrop Grumman, has been selected to develop and deliver the Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile (HACM) to the USAF

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Combat Aircraft Journal November 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Historic

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Flying a Spitfire: An unexpected journey

FlyPast’s James Peene and Jamie Ewan enjoyed the ride of a lifetime when they visited Aerial Collective – a flight in a Spitfire…

Battle of Britain Bunker to host author’s 50th book launch

Special event will celebrate a lifetime of dedication and commitment to recording and sharing history

Museum seeks support to boost Jetstream project

Thanks to previous donations earlier this year, Sywell Aviation Museum is making great progress in the restoration of 1969-built Handley Page Jetstream G-RAVL

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Commercial

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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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Container shipping giant unveils new cargo airline

Using a fleet of Boeing widebody freighters, the carrier is scheduled to start operations in 2023. Find out more on Key.Aero.

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Flight Simulation

Microsoft Flight Simulator Sim Update X released

Asobo Studio has announced Sim Update X for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available, adding a host of fixes and new features across the platform.

NVIDIA announces the RTX 4000 series of graphics cards

NVIDIA has unveiled the next-generation family of graphics cards, the RTX 4080 and RTX 4090.

Orbx releases Orbs, a new in-game currency

Orbx has introduced a new in-game currency dubbed Orbs, which can be earned by purchasing from OrbxDirect and subscribing to Volanta Premium.

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