Airbus has taken one of its A380 flight test aircraft to a first-ever landing at the company's Filton plant near Bristol, where the giant aircraft’s wings were designed.

A380 Filton 
                                                         © Paul Dopson

In these photographs by Paul Dopson, the A380, MSN004, is seen during and after its arrival at Filton which occurred at 1230 on 27 March. It is one of the eight A380s to have flown and one of five development aircraft involved in the flight test programme.

The A380 is at Filton to undergo tests of the fuel system using the new £16 million ($? million) Fuel Systems Test Facility. Earlier, it was flown past workers and members of the public gathered at the Rolls-Royce factory in Derby and Airbus UK’s site at Broughton, North Wales.  

A380 Filton pilot 
                                                         © Paul Dopson

In the right hand seat is first officer for the flight, Phil O’Dell, Rolls-Royce’s chief test pilot. Rolls-Royce produces the Trent 900 engines powering the aircraft which visited Filton.