Giant Of The Skies, The - The Building Of The Airbus A380
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A comprehensive Channel 4 series offering exclusive access to the story of
the construction of the world's biggest and heaviest airliner, told through the
people who made it happen!
This absorbing series documents the construction and assembly of the A380 by tens of thousands of people in teams from Britain, France, Germany and Spain. The components are transported thousands of miles by land and sea for final assembly in Toulouse. The multi-million pound wings are manufactured in Broughton, Wales. Their journey to France includes heart-stopping navigation under a bridge, where the water level must be precisely calculated to avoid disaster. There is simply no margin for error.
Dramatic tests are carried out on the engines and landing gear but as delays creep in, the day for revealing the plane to the world has been set and behind-the-scenes tension mounts. Finally, the world's press, Heads of State, major airlines and ten thousand VIPs arrive in Toulouse to witness the historic test flight of the most ambitious plane ever. The test flight was a massive news event around the world. In 2006 Singapore Airlines will be the first carrier to launch commercial A380 flights.
Running Time: 135 minutes
Main Language: English