An Airbus A350-900 test aircraft has undergone two and half weeks of extreme weather tests at a laboratory in Florida.
“The A350 XWB test aircraft (MSN2) has completed extreme weather tests at the McKinley Climatic Lab at Eglin Air Force base in northwest Florida,” says Airbus in a statement.
“The tests which go beyond certification requirements were carried out over a 2.5 weeks period at the unique testing facility. During the tests, the A350 and its various systems and cabin installations were subject to extreme hot and cold temperatures in a true testing environment.”
The aircraft was subject to temperatures up to a high of 45 deg. C. and to lows of -40 deg. C.
The aircraft’s engines were running for some of the tests, requiring the aircraft to be chained in place, and a range of systems were tested, including the aircraft’s galleys, water, and waste systems.
Of the five A350 test aircraft, MSN2 and MSN5 are the only examples with fully-fitted cabins.