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Airbus A320: Greatest civil aircraft of all time?

There are several obvious answers to the question “what is the world’s greatest aircraft” and most of them are ruled by the heart rather than the head. So I thought I’d be a little controversial and apply logic, rather than passion, to my nomination.

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Muddled-size twinjet

I’ve almost lost count of how many A350 “launches” I’ve reported on now (its four). But the message from Airbus in Paris yesterday was that this is the last and the best. The first was the commercial launch in December 2004 of A350 Mk1 – basically a cheap and cheerful, warmed-up A330. By the time […]

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Riding shotgun on an A380 flight test

Having been reporting on the A380 and its predecessor the A3XX for a decade, it was with much anticipation that I climbed aboard to undertake my first flight on the giant.For the 14 September flight aboard MSN001 F-WWOW, I was “riding shot-gun” for our flight-test pilot Mike Gerzanics who was one of five pilot-writers invited to […]

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Fighter canopy design needs – what’s changed?

Reading about the poor Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor pilot trapped in his cockpit for 5h when his canopy jammed, I couldn’t help wondering how aviation designers don’t learn from history. Sixty-five years ago, the Hawker Hurricanes and Supermarine Spitfires had simple canopy designs enabling Battle of Britain pilots to roll them back just before engaging the […]

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ILFC’s six easy steps to recovery for the airline industry

The UK aviation industry enjoyed an amusing talk over lunch in London from ILFC founder and president Steve Udvar-Hazy last month.   Recounting with some regret how the airline industry has lost the glamour of the 1950s and ’60s, as well as some of the household names from the era, he commented that the overcapacity […]

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