Airbus A380 battles Icelandic gales in crosswind tests at Keflavik

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An Airbus A380 lifts off left-wing-low from the runway at Keflavik in Iceland as the crew tackle winds of 40-50kt (74-93km/h) during crosswind testing.

Reykjavik-based photographer Baldur Sveinsson took this picture and many others on 10 November as the aircraft, F-WDD, performed six landings on runway 02, taking-off from runway 20.

Sveinsson reports that it was on the second take-off that the wind lifted the right wing.

Airbus also intends to demonstrate take-offs and landings with tailwinds of up to 15kt.

Times are changing at Keflavik - read Kieran Daly's blog