Teva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1879 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2185 times:
Most of the parts for the second plane arrived in Toulouse end of May.
They should receive parts for the third tonight or tomorrow.
(trucks have been blocked 2 hours last night in Gimont by some people on strike)
The idea is to complete several planes simultaneously, to test the process as well.
Ecoute les orgues, Elles jouent pour toi...C'est le requiem pour un con
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8195 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2175 times:
Merci for the update on the first flying prototype of the A380-800.
I believe that at the rate things are going, I expect the first A388 flying prototype to be completed by late October of this year, exclusive of installing the four Rolls-Royce Trent 970 engines and the painting of the plane.
MD80Nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1020 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2012 times:
It's my understanding that the first A380 flight will take place sometime during the first quarter (January - March) of 2005. Is this accurate? Because it seems if they complete the first A380 that will fly in late October they might be able to move the first flight date up a bit. Me, I can't wait to see the A380 take to the skies!
SU184 From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 257 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1959 times:
A photo in Flight International of the second forward fuselage ( first flying ) with the radome and lower fuselage fairings, it looks much better than the static test airframe. Waiting for more complete assemblies.