Composites in aerospace save weight, which means aircraft burn less fuel. There are fewer better exponents of this theory than the Airbus A380.
Pictured static but no less striking the Airbus A380 made an awe inspiring site against the backdrop of blue skies and packed exhibition halls at the 2012 Farnborough International Air Show.
In case you didn’t get chance to see the Airbus A380 ‘Super-Jumbo’ in the flesh Atlas Composites were on hand to secure some up close photography of the part composites aircraft prior to it taking part in a seven minute flying display.
The Airbus A380 is the largest jet airliner ever built to date and is the world’s first full double-deck passenger aircraft.
Conceived as a response to the Boeing 747, the Airbus A380 development programme was officially launched in June 1994, with development costs initially put at $8 billion which has since risen to $12.2 billion.
About 25% of the A380 is made of composite materials. The subsequent reduction in weight being one of the greatest advantages of composites in aerospace, leading to less fuel burn, fewer emissions, and lower operating costs.
The first A380 flight took place from Toulouse, France on 27 April 2005 and led to a flight test programme involving five Airbus A380s.
The Airbus A380 made its first transatlantic flight to Medellin, Colombia, on 10 January 2006 to test engine performance at high airport altitude.
As of June 2012 there had been 257 firm orders for the A380, of which 77 have been delivered.
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