Airbus A380: Superjumbo of the 21st Century

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Voyageur Press, 10 nov. 2005 - 160 pages
Poised for takeoff on that hot morning in April 2005, the Airbus A380 had the purposeful, powerful presence of a giant predatory bird. With its enormous gulled wings, imperiously tall tail, and broad, domed forepeak, it looked ready to take on the world. And along the way, it has had plenty of supporters—and critics. No civil airliner since the supersonic Concorde has aroused such emotion, such fascination, and such cause célèbre.

To a confident Airbus and the thousands of awestruck workers who cheered it into that cloudless sky over Toulouse, it means so much more. The European company has been transformed under the broad wings of this incredible project into a single corporate entity—from a loose consortium into a new, more dynamic force to challenge its worthy adversary Boeing in every market sector.

 

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Table des matières

Acknowledgments
6
Sowing the Seeds of a Superjumbo
7
Introduction
11
Back to the Roots
13
Let the Battle Commence
21
Defining a Dream
31
Manifest Destiny?
43
Seeking Commitments
51
Cutting Metal
95
Absolute Power
105
Engineering a Giant
117
Systematic Approach
125
Turbulent Times
131
Supersized Freighter
143
The New Space Age Begins
151
A380 Specifications
158

HighTech Advantage
61
Enter the A380 Superjumbo
73
Land of the Giants
85

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Guy Norris is the award-winning West Coast editor for Flight International magazine and has authored many aviation books. Twice winner of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Aerospace Journalist of the Year award, he was formerly Flight’s technical editor and London correspondent for Interavia magazine.Guy Norris lives in Irvine, California.

Mark Wagner, RAeS, is a pilot and specialist aviation photographer. He works as chief photographer for the international photo agency Aviation-Images.com as well as for many aerospace and advertising clients worldwide. He is based in London, United Kingdom, with partner, Stephanie, and son, Henry.

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