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by pugman211
Wed Aug 10, 2022 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is Airbus doing with its old Belugas?
Replies: 35
Views: 9046

Re: What is Airbus doing with its old Belugas?

It's likely a combination of many things but the ST Fleet are quite old with the first one being delivered in 1995! And yes, both ST and XL use the same Beluga line station to load/unload etc.

They've done well in service, and it's great to see them carrying on hopefully for years to come.

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by pugman211
Wed Aug 03, 2022 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is Airbus doing with its old Belugas?
Replies: 35
Views: 9046

Re: What is Airbus doing with its old Belugas?

Correct. We are currently on the 2 week summer shutdown. Production resumes on August 9th.

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by pugman211
Wed Aug 03, 2022 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is Airbus doing with its old Belugas?
Replies: 35
Views: 9046

Re: What is Airbus doing with its old Belugas?

I think Beluga ST #1 (F-GSTA) might be retired? Beluga ST #2 (F-GSTB) is the one for outsized cargo hire at present. I'm pretty certain Beluga ST #3,4&5 are still in use for normal production op's at present. Beluga XL's #1-4 are picking up the rest of the production work and XL #5 is about to e...

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by pugman211
Mon Aug 01, 2022 11:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: issues with AMS3819 and tack cloth for paint prep
Replies: 5
Views: 1195

Re: issues with AMS3819 and tack cloth for paint prep

I'm not sure what AMS3819 is, but why would you NOT be allowed to use a tack cloth prior to paint? Most tack clothes are certified for use across many applications for use.

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by pugman211
Sun Jul 24, 2022 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Investigation gone quiet on AA300 incident
Replies: 239
Views: 62281

Re: Investigation gone quiet on AA300 incident

Speaking off the cuff, this was obviously pilot induced commands, not the uncommanded rolls that was first claimed. With the captain claiming that "it doesn't react" comment, I wonder if he has lost the feel for flying (bare with me for what I'm trying to put into words here). What I mean ...

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by pugman211
Sat Jun 11, 2022 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321XLR Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022
Replies: 178
Views: 46395

Re: Airbus A321XLR Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022

https://www.flightglobal.com/air-transp ... 50.article
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It seems that first flight of the XLR has been pencilled in for 15th June - Subject to favourable weather.

Article may require subscription on Flight Global.

https://www.flightglobal.com/air-transp ... 50.article

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by pugman211
Mon May 30, 2022 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tibet Airlines A319 on fire at Chongqing
Replies: 47
Views: 11947

Re: Tibet Airlines A319 on fire at Chongqing

I haven't seen any on here nor other sources.

I'd love to know what happened though because that it quite an incident

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by pugman211
Tue May 24, 2022 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo Production/Delivery Thread - 2022
Replies: 13
Views: 6904

Re: Airbus A320neo Production/Delivery Thread - 2022

Does anyone track the A320 family deliveries at all? Or is therextoo many to keep up with?

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by pugman211
Thu May 19, 2022 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetstar 787 badly damaged by lightning
Replies: 26
Views: 7715

Re: Jetstar 787 badly damaged by lightning

The question becomes why did the lightning not follow the path to the static discharge wicks? Surely that is their function. This is perfectly normal, you see lightning entry and exit points all over even on metal aircraft I agree that every strike has an entry/exit point regardless of material, an...

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by pugman211
Thu May 19, 2022 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetstar 787 badly damaged by lightning
Replies: 26
Views: 7715

Re: Jetstar 787 badly damaged by lightning

Those holes in the skin is just the upper layer of composite material probably melted due to the heat or ARC out from the lightning strike. You could recreate those holes with simple abrading if you continued to abrade the same spot. The question becomes why did the lightning not follow the path to ...

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by pugman211
Thu May 19, 2022 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Boeing 2022 deliveries
Replies: 39
Views: 11514

Re: Airbus and Boeing 2022 deliveries

48 deliveries in April for Airbus A220-300: 4 A320neo: 20 A321neo: 17 A330-300: 1 A330-900: 1 A350-900: 3 A350-1000: 2 YTD 2022 (YTD 2021) A220: 15 (12) A220-100: 5 (3) A220-300: 10 (9) A32x: 146 (139) A319: 0 (1) A319neo: 2 (1) A320neo: 69 (75) A321: 0 (11) A321neo: 75 (51) A330: 8 (3) A330-200: 2...

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by pugman211
Fri May 06, 2022 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to increase A320 production to 75 aircraft a month
Replies: 60
Views: 11206

Re: Airbus to increase A320 production to 75 aircraft a month

scouseflyer wrote:


If this comes off, will this be the return of full size passenger plane full aircraft assembly to the UK for the first time since the RJX expired in 2001?


I very much doubt it. It will more likely be an additional flow line for wing manufacturing

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by pugman211
Thu May 05, 2022 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to increase A320 production to 75 aircraft a month
Replies: 60
Views: 11206

Re: Airbus to increase A320 production to 75 aircraft a month

Correct, Airbus has a shutdown for 2 weeks in summer. Usually weeks 30 & 31. And they close at Xmas just between Xmas and New year.

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by pugman211
Thu May 05, 2022 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL A220 rough landing, near-tailstrike at MSP
Replies: 54
Views: 14916

Re: DL A220 rough landing, near-tailstrike at MSP

Deffo looks pilot induced pitch that caused the initial upset as you can see high elevator inputs. I think however, the pitch was so high due to one of the pilots initiating a go around, the PF hears the engines spool up and naturally starts to rotate, but because the spoilers are still deployed it ...

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by pugman211
Tue May 03, 2022 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321XLR Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022
Replies: 178
Views: 46395

Re: Airbus A321XLR Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022

Double slots outboard, single slot inboard.

First we should see taxi tests, before first flight which I imagine Airbus will invite the media.

How many hours flight testing is required? I can't remember the figure quoted.

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by pugman211
Wed Apr 13, 2022 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321XLR Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022
Replies: 178
Views: 46395

Re: Airbus A321XLR Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022

Why make another variant when you can just fill the tank halfway? I get it from a cost point of view, that an XLR will attract a price tag premium, but so would an 'MLR'

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by pugman211
Tue Apr 12, 2022 7:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321XLR Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022
Replies: 178
Views: 46395

Re: Airbus A321XLR Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022

Isn't this more to do with the new center tank being right underneath passengers feet and the cold soak from the fuel?

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by pugman211
Thu Mar 03, 2022 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ode to Mriya, AN-225 confirmed destroyed
Replies: 343
Views: 88245

Re: Ode to Mriya, AN-225 confirmed destroyed

Oh wow! The nose of the fuselage on the floor seems to confirm it. You make out one of the engines on the port wing also in the first few seconds of the clip Alhough there's already Twitter comments asking if the clip is fake, CGI or not ? Mainly based on the short length and the amount of Russian ...

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by pugman211
Thu Mar 03, 2022 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ode to Mriya, AN-225 confirmed destroyed
Replies: 343
Views: 88245

Re: Ode to Mriya, AN-225 confirmed destroyed

Oh wow! The nose of the fuselage on the floor seems to confirm it. You make out one of the engines on the port wing also in the first few seconds of the clip

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by pugman211
Fri Feb 18, 2022 5:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Boeing 2022 deliveries
Replies: 39
Views: 11514

Re: Airbus and Boeing 2022 deliveries

Airbus is aiming to deliver around 720 aircraft in 2022 ! That`s quite alot ( ~109 more than 2021 ) https://www.flightglobal.com/aerospace/airbus-sets-target-of-720-commercial-aircraft-deliveries-for-2022/147581.article Airbus A320 family is in full swing of ramp up already and aiming for higher wi...

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by pugman211
Thu Feb 17, 2022 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airbus workers vote to strike after ‘unacceptably low’ pay offer
Replies: 2
Views: 1870

Re: British Airbus workers vote to strike after ‘unacceptably low’ pay offer

I heard various rumours of xx% being rejected, but talks are still ongoing.

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by pugman211
Sat Jan 22, 2022 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 435
Views: 63185

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

Not really. If they were just focused on financials, they wouldn't of cancelled the A321 contract. Money is money

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by pugman211
Sat Jan 22, 2022 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 435
Views: 63185

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

I've watched the linked video second by second and noted a few things. As others have stated, in the first few seconds of the clip the ECF mesh does appear to be visible and corroded. The big important observation for me thoough is at 19 seconds where the video is showing the crown of the fuse. Just...

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by pugman211
Mon Jan 03, 2022 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A350 tail strike at Heathrow on Jan. 2
Replies: 76
Views: 23068

Re: BA A350 tail strike at Heathrow on Jan. 2

KingOrGod wrote:
On the upside, I don't see any areas of bubbling paint :duck:


There was, but the pilot got rid of it. Lol

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by pugman211
Tue Dec 28, 2021 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Learjet Crash December 27 2021 in San Diego/ Gillespie - audio/video
Replies: 195
Views: 60196

Re: Learjet Crash Tonight in San Diego/ Gillespie - audo/video

Very sad. Sounds like a young-ish guy, too. Also, I don't know what that metallic noise is in the background while the pilot is crying out. There may be more involved (as there often is) than what it appears at first blush. I also don't have a clear first impression from the Nest camera that docume...

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by pugman211
Fri Dec 24, 2021 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021
Replies: 238
Views: 70333

Re: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021

https://twitter.com/Tobias_Gudat/status/1472970559189397507?t=tYACw9-Y_4GPhQnciBN7mg&s=19 Aren't aircraft with wing mounted engines normally tail heavy without the engines mounted on the airframe? We'd normally see concrete blocks hanging off the pylons to address this issue. Or is the tug hold...

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by pugman211
Thu Dec 23, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021
Replies: 238
Views: 70333

Re: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021

https://twitter.com/Tobias_Gudat/status/1472970559189397507?t=tYACw9-Y_4GPhQnciBN7mg&s=19 If I am not mistaken, I see a double slotted inboard flap on the picture. Wasn't it told publicly that the XLR would receive a flap upgrade in the form of an evolved single-slot design? Kind regards, Hendr...

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by pugman211
Thu Dec 23, 2021 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021
Replies: 238
Views: 70333

Re: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021

reidar76 wrote:
When can we expect first flight?


Early next year I believe

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by pugman211
Wed Dec 22, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus goes legal as Qatar Airways jet row escalates
Replies: 1232
Views: 218378

Re: Updated: Airbus goes legal as Qatar Airways jet row escalates

Has anyone seen the image of a large section of fuselage that has blistered? I haven't seen it in any of this thread, so I don't know if it's from the A350 or not, but it looked excessive.

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by pugman211
Wed Dec 22, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021
Replies: 238
Views: 70333

Re: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021

Well, technically 4 forms of ID when you include the engines

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by pugman211
Wed Dec 22, 2021 11:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021
Replies: 238
Views: 70333

Re: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021

Thought it worth mentioning again the slightly confusing model number differences between the LR and XLR, using some selected examples below : A321-251NXLR = 200 series ("2"), CFM engines ("5"), std engine rating ("1"), neo ("N"), ACF cabin ("X") lo...

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by pugman211
Mon Dec 20, 2021 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021
Replies: 238
Views: 70333

Re: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021

MSN 11000 the first XLR has rolled out of the FAL and there are images of the Inboard flap if anyone knows how to post a link.

I saw it on twitter by Tobi the XFW spotter

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by pugman211
Mon Dec 06, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021
Replies: 238
Views: 70333

Re: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021

From the photos shown the wing looks the same as a regular A321neo, so looking forward to better angles to show the differences. I'm guessing that airlines will be able to choose the different configurations for exit limit the same way as on current A321s? Only the Inboard flap is single slot. The ...

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by pugman211
Mon Dec 06, 2021 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021
Replies: 238
Views: 70333

Re: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021

https://twitter.com/airbus/status/1467844324733997060?s=21 Oh it looks so clean! Love that it has come together. So flight test will start next year right? From the photos shown the wing looks the same as a regular A321neo, so looking forward to better angles to show the differences. I'm guessing t...

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by pugman211
Thu Dec 02, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021
Replies: 238
Views: 70333

Re: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021

I know the LEAP is the first XLR with MSN 11000, and GTF is the 2nd XLR with MSN 11058, not sure who is first customer though.

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by pugman211
Tue Nov 30, 2021 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus goes legal as Qatar Airways jet row escalates
Replies: 1232
Views: 218378

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

https://www.comsol.com/blogs/protecting-aircraft-composites-from-lightning-strike-damage/ This is a good article with good visual. bt Thank you! :) That lines up with my memory - only it shows multiple layers before any filler, primer, and paint. The copper mesh is buried in the CFRP sandwich, and ...

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by pugman211
Mon Nov 29, 2021 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus goes legal as Qatar Airways jet row escalates
Replies: 1232
Views: 218378

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

That is indeed a static wick area of the aircraft, it also looks white and not the usual grey which would put the area in the picture around the wingtip/aileron and the rear elevator. (And IIRC, all A350 wings are painted white?) So, there are 2 questions from the picture. a, is the issue just locat...

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by pugman211
Mon Nov 29, 2021 10:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA1182 arrives at MIA from GUA with stowaway
Replies: 19
Views: 7009

Re: AA1182 arrives at MIA from GUA with stowaway

For reference, this is what the interior of a 737 wheel well looks like in motion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ9YlC5Tfm0 The hydraulics line would have provided some warmth and it doesn't look like there is much to worry about regarding the air stream even without the well being completely co...

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by pugman211
Fri Nov 12, 2021 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021
Replies: 238
Views: 70333

Re: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021

The panels will be delivered from Spirit Malaysia to Bremen for integration into the flaps and fitting to the wings. From memory the wings go to Bremen for the integration of the high lift devices! Incorrect. That's A330/A350 programmes.A321's goes directly to XFW. The O/B flap is supplied from Bre...

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by pugman211
Thu Oct 14, 2021 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can a person tell the difference between A321neo, LR and XLR just by looking from outside?
Replies: 24
Views: 6961

Re: Can a person tell the difference between A321neo, LR and XLR just by looking from outside?

The first wings are due to go to FAL soon, and I couldn't make out any external differences apart from the I/B flap and a narrower trk 2 flap fairing, so it would appear that the flap will be the key visable difference, maybe a sticker also?

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by pugman211
Sat Aug 07, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus goes legal as Qatar Airways jet row escalates
Replies: 1232
Views: 218378

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

Certain paint strippers are safe to use on CFRP, some are harmful and will damage the panel.

For the mesh to be exposed surely the upper layers of the composite must of been compromised some how.

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by pugman211
Fri Aug 06, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus goes legal as Qatar Airways jet row escalates
Replies: 1232
Views: 218378

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

It will be interesting to know if these cracks are appearing in the same location on each frame. I.e. is this related to a specific panel on the fuse? Or is it process related to the paint removal etc

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by pugman211
Mon Aug 02, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Exterior design Airbus NEO vs Classic?
Replies: 9
Views: 3646

Re: Exterior design Airbus NEO vs Classic?

Not only the engine is different between a ceo and neo, but the pylon design and shape is also vastly different on the A320 family, not sure about the A330.

Subtle differences on the A320 is lip extensions on spoilers 1 and 2 (these were already standard to the A319 and 321 members)

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by pugman211
Thu Jul 22, 2021 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 891
Views: 202421

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

So the question becomes how did they become out of trim with A/P on? If it was inputted manually then was it an error or part of a test or some sort.

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by pugman211
Sat Jul 17, 2021 4:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320ceo Family Production/Delivery Thread
Replies: 114
Views: 32078

Re: Airbus A320ceo Family Production/Delivery Thread - 2021

I imagine that will be quite soon as I heard the last CEO is in the manufacturing phase right now (rumoured photoshoot as well)

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by pugman211
Mon Jun 21, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021
Replies: 238
Views: 70333

Re: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021

What I've been looking for for some time, A321XLR wing progress from Broughton (June 8th). BROUGHTON | The first #A321XLR wing box has successfully been taken out of its assembly jig ready for the next stage of production. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E3XtlWzWQAgmr55?format=jpg&name=4096x4096 ht...

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by pugman211
Mon Jun 21, 2021 12:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021
Replies: 238
Views: 70333

Re: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021

While many parts are beefed up, the major modification would be the inner wing with the lighter simplified single flap system. I probably will become standard for the A321 family, but for the A320 I have my doubts. It would be a 101t MTOW (+?) wing for a 79t aircraft.. The only beefed up parts I ca...

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by pugman211
Thu Jun 17, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021
Replies: 238
Views: 70333

Re: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021

As part of their "Virtual Commercial Update", Airbus included a quick video on the production so far of the XLR (I've linked it below with the timestamp from when this was showed). This also shows MSNs 11,000 and 11,058 as being XLRs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe0BENQZg5k&t=2271s...

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by pugman211
Sat May 22, 2021 7:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021
Replies: 238
Views: 70333

Re: Airbus A321XLR Development Production Testing Thread - 2021

If anyone knows any MSN's I will keep an eye open for the first wings

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