will take off on the 20th of April for the first time.
8 days are left until one of the most spectacular first flights of avionic history is scheduled. The Airbus A380, the only commercial airplane with an end-to-end double deck, will take off on the 20th of April for the first time.
Only the weather or problems in previous ground test can cause a delay. If all conditions are met, former Mirage jet pilot and chief-test pilot Jacques Rosay (49) can give full throttle on the runway of the Airbus production plant in Toulouse, France, to take off at a speed of 300 km/h.
The highest risk during the flight are expected to be vibrations of the wings, which will be filled with 310000 litres of kerosene, as well as vibrations of the tail section.
The most thrilling moment will be the landing after 4 or 5 hours of flight, when the 6 Titan alighting gears (6 m high, 22 Michelin tires) will absorb the full landing weight at a speed of 265 km/h.
[Edited 2005-04-13 01:22:23]