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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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Hungarian Gripens intercept multiple Russian aircraft over the Baltic

Hungarian Air Force-operated Saab JAS-39C Gripens currently deployed in Lithuania in support of NATO's Baltic Air Policing initiative intercepted multiple Russian military aircraft on August 31

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Ukraine-Russia War: What next for Crimea?

As the focus of the Ukraine-Russia War again shifts to the Crimean peninsula - which was annexed by Russia in March 2014 - we ask if the ‘unsinkable aircraft carrier’ is about to flounder?

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AirForces Monthly October 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

Boeing contracted for US, Israeli KC-46A production

Boeing has been awarded two contracts – with a combined worth that exceeds $3bn – to produce another 15 KC-46A Pegasus tankers for the USAF and to build and deliver the four examples ordered by Israel through the FMS process

Finnish Air Force retires L-70 Vinka trainer fleet

After more than 40 years of service, the Finnish Air Force has retired its fleet of Valmet L-70 Vinka primary training aircraft

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Historic

Revealed - memorial to Battle of Britain legend

The Czechoslovak ace Sgt Josef František who flew with 303 (Polish) Squadron during the Battle of Britain has been honoured with a memorial unveiled on September 4 close to where he lost his life on October 8, 1940

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Meet the man with one of the world's largest warbird collections

A chance encounter with one historic aeroplane, eventually led Jerry Yagen to develop one of the world’s leading warbird fleets. Ben Dunnell speaks to the aircraft collector to find out more

Join the debate: what should happen to Vulcan XH558?

In his latest editorial, Aeroplane editor Ben Dunnell weighs up the future prospects for what was the last flying ‘V-bomber’ — and asks whether the fate of Canberra WK163 isn’t more important

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Commercial

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Has Delta just become Boeing 797 launch customer?

Is there more to Delta Air Lines' Boeing 737 MAX order than meets the eye?

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Flight review: KLM’s brand-new Premium Comfort cabin

After years of development and more than a decade of feverish industry speculation, it’s finally here. On August 31, KLM launched Premium Comfort, its first clean-sheet cabin concept since World Business Class arrived on the scene in 1994. 

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Recent UK planespotting highlights!

We present a selection of images of visiting aircraft from airports around the UK. For the most part, they’re commercial jets, but almost all of them are unusual types, wearing new or unique liveries or first visits by an airline or airliner to a particular airport.

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Flight Simulation

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A2A Simulations Interview

In part two of our interview with A2A Simulations' CEO, Scott Gentile, we focus on the hobby side of their business. Scott kindly agreed to talk to us about their upcoming Piper Comanche 250 and we also get his thoughts on the latest version of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Rotate Simulations’ MD-11

In this review, we take Rotate Simulation's MD-11 for X-Plane for a spin and see how it measures up.

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Back to Basics - Series 4, Lesson 3

For this issue, we continue our in-depth look at the humble NDB and discover some useful techniques that breathe life into this often overlooked navigation aid.

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