Airbus has released a video clip of the four A380 test aircraft flying together in formation over Toulouse this week.
Manufacturer's serial numbers 001, 002, 004 and 009 all taxied together just before 10:00 on 30 August before carrying out simultaneous test flights culminating in a formation fly-past at around 11:00 of the Aéroconstellation facility in Toulouse.
Last week marked the traditional end of the month-long summer vaction period for French workers that many Airbus employees missed due to pressure to meet certifcation targets for the ultralarge airliner. The flypast was also a defiant gesture to prove the programme is on track (albeit revised).
The video shows the Engine Alliance GP7200-powered MSN009 A380 leading three Rolls-Royce Trent 900-powered aircraft in an amazing formation flight of four A380 test aircraft.
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