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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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Russian MOD inks deal for more Fullbacks

The Russian MOD has inked a deal with the United Aircraft Corporation – a subsidiary of Russia’s Rostec State Corporation – for the delivery of more Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback fighter-bombers to frontline units

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Russia shows off new Kh-69 cruise missile

During the Russian MOD-hosted International Military-Technical Forum ‘ARMY-2022’ – held at the Patriot Expo Centre in the Moscow region from August 15-21 – Russia’s Tactical Missile Corporation (KTRV) exhibited the new Kh-69 (X-69) radar track-reduced cruise missile

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 108

Welcome to the 108th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

US approves sale of 40 UH-60Ms to Australia

US State Department approval has been granted for the possible $1.95bn Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters

KC-46A makes emergency landing with boom still deployed

A USAF-operated KC-46A Pegasus was forced to make an emergency landing on August 23 with the refuelling boom still deployed after a malfunction in the retraction system

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Historic

Vintage Aircraft Club scholarship winner announced

Latest recipient of taildragger training award revealed

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Was the Manchester Avro's greatest failure?

Aeroplane’s latest in-depth Database focuses on the Avro bomber whose engines, rather than airframe, were deeply flawed

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Displaying the Vulcan

In the January 2010 issue of Flypast, VTST Chief Pilot Martin Withers shared some personal highlights with Steve Beebee about displaying Vulcan XH558 the previous year

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Commercial

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Emirates reveals more premium economy destinations using A380s

Super jumbos featuring a premium economy product are poised for deployment across more of the airline’s network. Find out which cities now…

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In-depth look: Understanding the Spirit Airlines merger

Being billed as one of the last of the US mega-mergers, JetBlue and Spirit are to combine in a multi-billion dollar agreement. Chris Sloan reviews the deal.

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Aviation News October 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Flight Simulation

Honeycomb Aeronautical's Alpha Flight Controls XPC Review Premium

Exclusive: Honeycomb Aeronautical's Alpha Flight Controls XPC review

When Honeycomb Aeronautical’s CEO, Nicki Repenning approached us with the exciting news that the development of the upgraded Alpha XPC yoke was complete, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to find out more.

X-Plane touches down in the Philippines

Airwil Sceneries has released RPSP - Bohol Panglao International Airport for X-Plane 11.

New Czech Destination for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Aerosoft has announced Airport Brno Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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