Airbus A380 Maiden Flight

By Deane Barker on April 27, 2005

‘Superjumbo’ A380 lands safely: Holy cats, it actually flies.

The world’s largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, has landed safely in Toulouse, France after making its first test flight.

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  1. “Holy cats, it actually flies.”

    But will it fly with 800 passengers on board? The maiden flight had only a crew of six on it.

  2. Yes – it had water ballests to simulate laden weight

    “Taking off with flight crew of six pilots, a full complement of flight test instrumentation, and water ballasts, the weight of the aircraft was 421 tonnes – the highest ever weight for a civilian aircraft.”

    on that note:

    ====Weights==== Empty 280,000 kg Maximum takeoff 560,000 kg

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