Air­bus do­nates test air­craft to mu­se­ums

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As part of its con­tri­bu­tion to pre­serv­ing avi­a­tion her­itage, Air­bus is trans­fer­ring four of its test air­craft to mu­se­ums in France: the Musée de l’air et de l’es­pace at Paris-le Bour­get Air­port and Aero­scopia in Toulouse. The air­lin­ers in­volved are the first A320 MSN1/F-WWBA first flown on 22 Fe­bru­ary 1987 and re­cently with­drawn from the test air­craft fleet; the first ‘stretched’ A340-600 MSN360/F-WWCA con­structed in 2001; and two A380s: MSN2/F-WXXL first flown on 4 Novem­ber 2005 and MSN4/F-WWDD which had its maiden flight a cou­ple of weeks ear­lier on 18 Oc­to­ber 2005. This A380, now pow­ered by En­gine Al­liance GP7200 en­gines, made its fi­nal flight into Le Bour­get in mid-fe­bru­ary, where the for­mer en­gine de­vel­op­ment, test and flight demon­stra­tion air­craft is now un­der­go­ing a re­fur­bish­ment to show­case its ‘op­er­a­tional’ role. Once an ini­tial phase of tech­ni­cal work has been car­ried out on the air­frame, in­clud­ing struc­tural preser­va­tion, a spe­cial ex­hibit will be cre­ated in­side the air­craft. The other three air­craft, cur­rently be­ing main­tained by Air­bus Her­itage, will move to Aero­scopia in Toulouse within the next two years, once an area in the north­ern part of the mu­seum has been pre­pared for them. The first A380 MSN1/F-WWOW re­mains ac­tive with the Air­bus test fleet.

Air­bus A380 F-WWDD was re­tired to Le Bour­get in mid-fe­bru­ary

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