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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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How the Italian Air Force is integrating its fourth- and fifth-gen combat forces

AirForces Monthly gained exclusive access to the Italian Air Force's frontline squadrons as they join forces with their latest fighters, as Giovanni Colla, Daniele Faccioli and Remo Guidi report

T-6C Texan II order for FMS customer

A contract was awarded to Textron Aviation Defense LLC of Wichita, Kansas, on August 12 by the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Legacy Training Aircraft Division, International Branch, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, for three T-6C Texan II aircraft

Indonesia's first C-130J-30 Super Hercules rolled out

Lockheed Martin has completed production of the first Indonesian Air Force C-130J-30 Super Hercules

Four B-2A Spirits deploy to Australia for Bomber Task Force mission

Four USAF B-2A Spirit stealth bombers from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, have been operating out of RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland, for the past few weeks to support a Pacific Air Forces Bomber Task Force deployment

USMC Hornets deploy to Aviano

Four US Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornets were forward deployed on August 1 to Aviano Air Base, Italy, from where they were expected to operate for several weeks.

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Historic

Unique Desford makes final flight

The one-off Reid and Sigrist Desford completed its final flight on 19 August, on delivery to the Newark Air Museum

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The war and peacetime career of a film star B-17

In the August 1996 FlyPast Alan F Crouchman examined the wartime and postwar history of B-17G Flying Fortress 44-8846 (F-AZDX) ‘Pink Lady’

South Wales Aviation Museum receives Canberra

St Athan-based South Wales Aviation Museum has taken delivery of a 1954-built English Electric Canberra TT.18

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Commercial

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Boeing 747: the complete story of the revolutionary Jumbo Jet

As the final Boeing 747 delivery fast approaches, Gerry Sweet looks back to assess how far this revolutionary airliner has developed.

Danish link return for London City

British Airways partner has confirmed its intentions to restore services to the capital. Find out more on Key.Aero... 

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More Tasman links for Rex Airlines

Australia’s largest independent regional and domestic carrier has launched more flights to Tasmania…

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Flight Simulation

New Zealand, Mount Cook Scenery Review Review Premium

Exploring New Zealand's Mount Cook Region

We explore NZA’s Mount Cook Region scenery pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator, which encompasses the area around New Zealand’s tallest and most famous mountain, Mount Cook.

20th Virtual World Aerobatic Championship

Virtual World Aerobatic Championship 2022 Off-line aerobatic competition announced.

Lanzarote Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Out Now

Just Flight has announced Lanzarote Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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