The world’s largest aircraft made its first landing in the US today; one in New York and the other in California. This enormous jetliner is just about to be called one of the man-made wonders of the world. It is the Airbus A380, it is eight stories high and its wingspan is larger than a soccer field and can carry over 800 people at full capacity in an economic configuration. It is powered by four Rose Royce engines … below is a footage of a once keep proprietary secrets by the engine manufacturers when it came to testing blades …
Below you will have a glimpse of a seven minute thrill as you watch the Airbus A380 in construction. The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, four-engined airliner manufactured by EADS (Airbus S.A.S.) It first flew on 27 April 2005 from Toulouse, France. Commercial flights are scheduled to begin in late 2007 after lengthy delays. During much of its development phase, the aircraft was known as the Airbus A3XX. The nickname Superjumbo has become associated with the A380.
The A380’s upper deck extends along the entire length of the fuselage. This allows for a spacious cabin with 50% more floor space than the next largest airliner, the Boeing 747-400, and provides seating for 555 people in standard three-class configuration or up to 853 people in full economy class configuration. Two models of the A380 are available for sale. The A380-800, the passenger model, is the largest passenger airliner in the world, superseding the Boeing 747. The other model, the A380-800F, if built will be one of the largest freight aircraft and will have a payload capacity exceeded only by the Antonov An-225.
The A380-800 has a maximum range of 15,000 kilometres (8,000 nm, sufficient to fly from Chicago to Sydney nonstop), and a cruising speed of Mach 0.85 (about 900 km/h or 560 mph at cruise altitude). Due to long delays in production of the A380, two customers cancelled their orders and several launch customers deferred delivery, or considered switching their order to the competing Boeing 747-8 and 777F aircraft, at significant cost to Airbus … thanks a trillion