posted on Apr, 27 2005 @ 08:06 AM
The long awaited maiden flight of the worlds largest commercial aircraft has been completed. The Airbus A380 took off from its production site in
Toulouse and landed after almost four hours of circling the Bay Of Biscay carrying six crew and twenty tonnes of test equipment.
The A380 - designed to carry as many as 840 people between major airports - took off from its production site in southern France at just after 0830
Most of the testing was carried out at 10,000 feet and within 100 miles of Toulouse, said Peter Chandler, deputy project pilot for the A380.
More than a year of flight-testing and certification-programme work will now follow before the A380 starts commercial services.
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At last the beast flies!
This long awaited first flight by the largest commercial airliner ever has eventually been completed, silencing critics the world over that have
argued she would not make it.
At long last the Europeans are back at the forefront of the commercial airliner market and the A380 will hopefully put up some stern competion for the
never challenged 747.