A380 ‘superjumbo’ takes off for maiden flight

With some relief — because this air­craft is described as in ser­vice in my book, Deja Vu, which is set in the year 2023 — I note that the Airbus A380 has suc­cess­fully com­pleted its maid­en flight. You can read all about it on the BBC (nat­ur­ally):

Thousands of aero­plane enthu­si­asts, many of them clap­ping and cheer­ing, wit­nessed the twin-deck “super­jumbo” tak­ing to the air for the first time.

Rather them than me:

The crew was equipped with para­chutes. A hand­rail has been fit­ted, lead­ing from the cock­pit to an escape door.

Now, as long as Heathrow’s ter­min­al five gets built on time…

Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

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