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January 2007 edition

Airbus project wings its way towards assembly fruition

Two wings will be joined to the body of an A400M in Seville, Spain, as the innovative international aircraft manufacturing project reaches its assembly climax.

The project involved the removal of a whole port wing from its assembly jig at the Airbus Filton, Bristol, UK site. Charles Paterson, head of A400M wing for Airbus says: "This wing is the first ever wing for an Airbus built aircraft constructed largely from composite materials (carbon fibre reinforced plastic) and is believed to be the largest composite wing ever made."

The 23 metre long by four metre wide wingbox, weighing around three tonnes, was removed from its assembly jig by overhead crane. "This was the first time the removal procedu....

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