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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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Inside ESQ601: Portugal's P-3C CUP+ Squadron

With the aging Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion commonly being replaced by the Boeing P-8A Poseidon, Joe Campion reports on how the Portuguese Air Force and its fleet prove the maritime patrol legend is still worthy of its role

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Final 737 to become RAF E-7 Wedgetail arrives in the UK

The last of three Boeing 737s destined to become the next generation of RAF E-7 Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control (AWACS) touched down on UK Soil on July 14.

AT-6E Wolverine achieves USAF Military Type Certification

Textron Aviation Defense’s Beechcraft AT-6E Wolverine has achieved Military Type Certification from the US Air Force.

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First ex Belgian Hercules for Pakistan flies at Melsbroek

The first ex Belgian Air Force C-130H Hercules flew on July 25 in its new scheme of the Pakistan Air Force. CH-12 (c/n 4483), now carrying its construction number as a serial, made its first post-overhaul flight

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An in-depth look at military aircraft countermeasures

Military aircraft are facing heightened levels of danger as the proliferation of anti-air systems gathers pace. Tim Fish reports on the countermeasures put in place by manufacturers

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Historic

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Aeroplane September 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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How I learned to fly, RAF-style

Any pilot will tell you that the process of learning never stops. For many an air force recruit, those days began at the RAF College Cranwell, just as they did in the 1950s for this then-new trainee, taking him right the way through from Tiger Moth to Vampire

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Inside the first days of the Iran-Iraq War

In this extract from his new book, Flashpoints, Michael Napier outlines the first nine days of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war

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Commercial

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EXCLUSIVE: Sir Richard Branson's tribute to "mentor" Freddie Laker

In an exclusive tribute for Airliner World, Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Atlantic Airways, describes in his own words the influence Sir Freddie has had on him and the wider industry

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Trijets in The Bahamas: Remembering Sir Freddie Laker

Lee Cross charts the turbulent final decades of Sir Freddie’s career, which embodied the aviation pioneer’s dogged determination and love for flying

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Transatlantic take-off with Skytrain: Remembering Sir Freddie Laker

Freddie Laker always regarded America as the ultimate destination for the holiday charter market and applied for a licence to operate to the US – not only from the UK, but also from other European departure points

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Flight Simulation

Grasshopper Takes Flight in MSFS

Flight Replicas has released the L-4 Grasshopper for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Fulcrum One Throttle Kickstarter Campaign Launched

Fulcrum Simulator Controls has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Fulcrum One Throttle Quadrant.

DCS: South Atlantic Map Enters Early Access

Razbam has announced South Atlantic Map is now available in Early Access.

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