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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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RAF trials low-level parachute capability on A400M

As the RAF continues to expand and develop the capabilities of its Airbus A400M Atlas C1 fleet, the service revealed on September 7 that it has successfully completed a series of low-level parachute trials on the type

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Inside 700X NAS: The Royal Navy’s Experimental Drone Squadron

We spoke to Lt Cdr Martin Howard to find out how his 700X Naval Air Squadron is working at the cutting edge of remote aircraft technology for the Royal Navy

Queen’s final flight sets all-time flight tracking record

The flying of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin by a Royal Air Force (RAF) C-17 Globemaster III from Edinburgh Airport to RAF Northolt on September 13 set a new flight tracking record, website Flightradar24 has said

USAF’s 16th ACCS completes final Joint STARS flight

The 16th Airborne Command and Control Squadron – a part of the USAF’s 461st Air Control Wing – marked a major milestone on September 8, when the unit flew its final local sortie with the Northrop Grumman E-8C Joint STARS from Robins AFB, Georgia

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Flying the KC-135Q – Global Reach for the SR-71

A force of KC-135Qs was dedicated to air-to-air refuel the SR-71A Blackbird.  In the August 2012 issue of Aviation News pilot Lt Col Erik C Swanson (ret.) described his experiences flying the ‘Q’ variant of the Stratotanker supporting the SR-71A on its secret missions

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Historic

VIDEO: Behind the scenes with marathon Dragon Rapide restoration

Volunteer Ken Pye talks about the de Havilland Aircraft Museum’s resurrection of a classic airliner

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Battle of Britain's forgotten 'Few': a Canadian desperate to join the RAF's fight

The mother of Camille Bon Seigneur said her son was “filled with the highest ideals”. Alas, his participation in the Battle of Britain was to be brief

Historic Aviation Quiz: The USAF at 75 Edition

This week marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the United States Air Force … but how much do you know about the service's early days?

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Commercial

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Airbus A350 arrives with Azul

The widebody touched down into Brazil recently and forms part of the airline’s wider fleet modernisation. Read more on Key.Aero…

QUIZ: Can you guess the airline from its tail?

It's quiz time and we've an extra tricky picture round for you this week! Can you identify the airline from just its tail design? Good luck.

PLAY initiates its biggest recruitment drive

The Icelandic low-cost carrier is hiring as part of its growth trajectory ahead of summer 2023.

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Flight Simulation

Introducing DCS: Top End Australia map

Eagle Dynamics has announced the DCS: Top End Australia map by third-party developer, Check Six Simulations is now in development.

iniBuilds announces two new aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator 

Following iniBuilds announcement of the development of the Airbus A310 for Microsoft Flight Simulator in June this year, the company has announced two additional aircraft will be free for owners of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Yakutat for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Northern Sky Studio has announced that PAYA Yakutat Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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