Airbus A380 First Flight Six Years Ago Today

Posted on 27 April 2011

Airbus A380 First Flight 27 April 2005 Picture

Picture of the Airbus A380 during its first flight on 27 April 2005. A380 picture courtesy Airbus.

As Airbus themselves said in a press release that very day, aviation history was made on 27 April 2005 when the (so far) world’s largest commercial aircraft, the Airbus A380, accomplished its first flight. The sortie took place from runway 32L at Blagnac International Airport in Toulouse, France.

The A380 carried registration number F-WWOW, appropriately enough, and it took off weighing 421 tons or 928,300 pounds, according to Airbus. They say it was the highest weight at take off of any civil airliner to date.

Flown by Captain Claude Lelaie, Senior Vice President of Airbus’ Flight Division and Chief Test Pilot and Vice President Jacques Rosay, the plane was powered by four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 jet engines.

Also aboard were Fernando Alonso, Vice President Flight Division, Flight Test Engineering, and two members of his team, flight test engineers Jacky Joye, Manfred Birnfeld and test flight engineer Gerard Desbois.

Airbus said that at the time of the first flight they had 15 customers with firm orders for a total of 154 A380 aircraft, 127 passenger types and 27 freighters. The all cargo version is known as the A380F.

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