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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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French Navy receives first SAR-configured H160 helicopter

France’s defence procurement agency, the Direction Generale de l’Armament (DGA; General Directorate of Armament), has delivered the first Airbus Helicopters H160B to the French Navy

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Eurofighter in Focus: Inside Italy's annual Typhoon Flag exercise

As Italy gathers its Typhoons together, we consider how the annual exercise sharpens the fast jet fighting force

Greece takes delivery of first two F-16Vs

During a ceremony at Tanagra Air Base on September 12, the Hellenic Air Force took delivery of its first two fully upgraded F-16V Block 72 Vipers

Bulgaria approves additional F-16 Block 70/72 purchase

The Bulgarian government has approved funding for the purchase of eight additional Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 70/72 Fighting Falcons – a sale which was initially cleared by the US State Department in April 2022

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Whatever happened to the US Army's proposed Aerial Common Sensor aircraft?

The US Army’s Aerial Common Sensor was conceived to combine the RC-12 Guardrail Common Sensor and the RC-7 Airborne Reconnaissance Low into a single aircraft. We explain how the proposed system was scuppered by its own ambitions

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Historic

French Norécrin makes first flight in decades

Nord 1203 Norécrin F-PHPK made a successful return to the air earlier this year from Colmar-Houssen in Alsace, France...

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Hell on high ground - what happened to RB-29A 44-61999 'Over Exposed'?

Jamie Ewan trekked across Bleaklow Moor in  Derbyshire’s High Peaks to visit the final resting place of a Boeing RB-29A Superfortress. But what happened on a fateful day in 1948?

Historic Aviation Quiz: British Aircraft Recognition

How good is your aircraft recognition? Can you recognise these British types?

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Commercial

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Inside the factory: preparing an A380 for delivery

In the April 2014 issue of Aviation News, Martyn Cartledge visited Toulouse and Hamburg to explain the process involved after an Airbus A380 leaves the production hall until delivery to an airline.

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Extreme A380 cabins: what happened to the gyms and cinemas?

While the A380’s size stimulated the imagination of interior designers, not all ideas came to fruition. We spoke to design house director Luke Hawes about the realities of jumbo cabin design

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Aerospace start-ups: what can we expect from them?

From remote piloting to drones that can take off in storms, some of the most innovative technology at Farnborough International Airshow was the work of start-ups, reports Tom Batchelor

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Flight Simulation

Skyraider for DCS World incoming

Eagle Dynamics has announced a new third-party developer, Crosstail Studios, is working on the A-1H Skyraider for DCS World.

F6F-5 Hellcat for Microsoft Flight Simulator

FlyingIron Simulations has released the F6F-5 Hellcat for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Battle of Normandy released

The IL-2 Sturmovik team has announced that after almost three years of development, Battle of Normandy is now released in Early Access.

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