Airbus A380: Superjumbo of the 21st Century

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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.

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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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  • ISBN-13: 9780760338384
  • Publisher: Zenith Press
  • Publication date: 6/7/2010
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 157
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6
Prologue: Sowing the Seeds of a Superjumbo 7
Introduction 11
Chapter 1 Back to the Roots 12
Chapter 2 Let the Battle Commence 20
Chapter 3 Defining a Dream 30
Chapter 4 Manifest Destiny? 42
Chapter 5 Seeking Commitments 50
Chapter 6 High-Tech Advantage 60
Chapter 7 Enter the A380 Superjumbo 72
Chapter 8 Land of the Giants 84
Chapter 9 Cutting Metal 94
Chapter 10 Absolute Power 104
Chapter 11 Engineering a Giant 116
Chapter 12 Systematic Approach 124
Chapter 13 Turbulent Times 130
Chapter 14 Supersized Freighter 142
Chapter 15 The New Space Age Begins 150
Appendix
A380 Specifications 158
A380 Order Book 159
Index 160
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