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How huge A380 sections travelled to Toulouse… by road

Before production ended last year, twice a month a truly remarkable, yet largely unseen, event took place in the countryside of southwestern France. Six sections of the Airbus A380 super jumbo were driven 150 miles (240km) from Langon, south of Bordeaux, to the final assembly line in Toulouse. In the July 2017 issues of Airliner World, Martyn Cartledge joined the convoy to see how the operation ran.

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Boulton Paul Defiant: Its early success in 1940

Before the Luftwaffe discovered its weak points, the Boulton Paul Defiant gave a good account of itself. Graham Pitchfork profiles two crews that had impressive success in the turret fighter…

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The USS Kearsarge amphibious group visits Northern Europe

As Finland settles into joining NATO, Combat Aircraft Journal reports on the USS Kearsarge amphibious group visit to the Northern European country, and other exercises that took place this summer

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Inside the factory: preparing an A380 for delivery

In the April 2014 issue of Aviation News, Martyn Cartledge visited Toulouse and Hamburg to explain the process involved after an Airbus A380 leaves the production hall until delivery to an airline.

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Extreme A380 cabins: what happened to the gyms and cinemas?

While the A380’s size stimulated the imagination of interior designers, not all ideas came to fruition. We spoke to design house director Luke Hawes about the realities of jumbo cabin design

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Aerospace start-ups: what can we expect from them?

From remote piloting to drones that can take off in storms, some of the most innovative technology at Farnborough International Airshow was the work of start-ups, reports Tom Batchelor

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Combat Aircraft Journal November 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Flying a Spitfire: An unexpected journey

FlyPast’s James Peene and Jamie Ewan enjoyed the ride of a lifetime when they visited Aerial Collective – a flight in a Spitfire…

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Dutch C-130Hs head to the US hills for Exercise Mountain Bull

In July, the Netherlands flew three of its four legacy C-130Hs to Peterson Space Force Base in Colorado to take part in Exercise Mountain Bull. Combat Aircraft Journal spoke with the commander of No 336 Squadron RNLAF and his US counterpart

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On NATO’s Frontline: Inside Spangdahlem Air Base

The crisis in Afghanistan and the war in the Ukraine has meant that US Forces in Europe’s German centre has become the heart of vital operations. We visited the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base for an update