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Sunday, 2 February 2014

Airline that resembles a gigantic Sky Whale

 The triple-decker monster is designed to transport lightweight but oversized cargo, like airplane wings. Click next for more photos of the retrofitted Airbus A300.
 An Airbus A300-600ST 'Beluga', a version of the standard A300-600 wide-body airliner modified to carry aircraft parts and over-sized or awkward cargo, takes off from the Airbus plant in Colomiers, near Toulouse, southwestern France on January 14, 2009





 BROUGHTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: An exterior view of the Airbus SAS wing assembly plant on November 7, 2013 in Broughton, United Kingdom. The Airbus wing plant assembles the wings for all Airbus civil aircraft, including the new A350 XWB. The facility produces over 1,000 wings a year and employs more than 6,000 people. Completed wings are transported by the purpose built Beluga aircraft for final assembly in Toulouse or Hamburg. The giant A380 wings are transported by road and then by river craft to Mostyn harbour, where they are loaded onto a custom-built roll-on, roll-off ferry for the trip to France.
 BROUGHTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Birds fly past an Airbus A300 Beluga aircraft, loaded with wings, as it takes off from the Airbus SAS wing assembly factory on November 7, 2013 in Broughton, United Kingdom. The Airbus wing plant assembles the wings for all Airbus civil aircraft, including the new A350 XWB. The facility produces over 1,000 wings a year and employs more than 6,000 people. Completed wings are transported by the purpose built Beluga aircraft for final assembly in Toulouse or Hamburg. The giant A380 wings are transported by road and then by river craft to Mostyn harbour, where they are loaded onto a custom-built roll-on, roll-off ferry for the trip to France.






 BROUGHTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Technicians work on an Airbus A380 wing during construction at the Airbus SAS factory on November 7, 2013 in Broughton, United Kingdom. The Airbus wing plant assembles the wings for all Airbus civil aircraft, including the new A350 XWB. The facility produces over 1,000 wings a year and employs more than 6,000 people. Completed wings are transported by the purpose built Beluga aircraft for final assembly in Toulouse or Hamburg. The giant A380 wings are transported by road and then by river craft to Mostyn harbour, where they are loaded onto a custom-built roll-on, roll-off ferry for the trip to France.
 BROUGHTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Technicians work on an Airbus A380 wing during construction at the Airbus SAS factory on November 7, 2013 in Broughton, United Kingdom. The Airbus wing plant assembles the wings for all Airbus civil aircraft, including the new A350 XWB. The facility produces over 1,000 wings a year and employs more than 6,000 people. Completed wings are transported by the purpose built Beluga aircraft for final assembly in Toulouse or Hamburg. The giant A380 wings are transported by road and then by river craft to Mostyn harbour, where they are loaded onto a custom-built roll-on, roll-off ferry for the trip to France.
 BROUGHTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: A technician works on an Airbus A380 wing during construction at the Airbus SAS factory on November 7, 2013 in Broughton, United Kingdom. The Airbus wing plant assembles the wings for all Airbus civil aircraft, including the new A350 XWB. The facility produces over 1,000 wings a year and employs more than 6,000 people. Completed wings are transported by the purpose built Beluga aircraft for final assembly in Toulouse or Hamburg. The giant A380 wings are transported by road and then by river craft to Mostyn harbour, where they are loaded onto a custom-built roll-on, roll-off ferry for the trip to France.
 BROUGHTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Technicians work on an Airbus A380 wing during construction at the Airbus SAS factory on November 7, 2013 in Broughton, United Kingdom. The Airbus wing plant assembles the wings for all Airbus civil aircraft, including the new A350 XWB. The facility produces over 1,000 wings a year and employs more than 6,000 people. Completed wings are transported by the purpose built Beluga aircraft for final assembly in Toulouse or Hamburg. The giant A380 wings are transported by road and then by river craft to Mostyn harbour, where they are loaded onto a custom-built roll-on, roll-off ferry for the trip to France.
 BROUGHTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Technicians work on an Airbus A380 wing during construction at the Airbus SAS factory on November 7, 2013 in Broughton, United Kingdom. The Airbus wing plant assembles the wings for all Airbus civil aircraft, including the new A350 XWB. The facility produces over 1,000 wings a year and employs more than 6,000 people. Completed wings are transported by the purpose built Beluga aircraft for final assembly in Toulouse or Hamburg. The giant A380 wings are transported by road and then by river craft to Mostyn harbour, where they are loaded onto a custom-built roll-on, roll-off ferry for the trip to France.
 BROUGHTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: An Airbus A300 Beluga aircraft is loaded with wings at the Airbus SAS wing assembly factory on November 7, 2013 in Broughton, United Kingdom. The Airbus wing plant assembles the wings for all Airbus civil aircraft, including the new A350 XWB. The facility produces over 1,000 wings a year and employs more than 6,000 people. Completed wings are transported by the purpose built Beluga aircraft for final assembly in Toulouse or Hamburg. The giant A380 wings are transported by road and then by river craft to Mostyn harbour, where they are loaded onto a custom-built roll-on, roll-off ferry for the trip to France
 BROUGHTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: A Beluga Airbus aircraft arrives at Airbus, Broughton, Cheshire, to be loaded with the first Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft wing set for transit to Bremen on February 25, 2009 in Broughton, England. The wings are the first set for Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft, a fleet of 14 Airbus A330-200s which will replace the RAF's Tri-star and VC10's. The GBP13 billion deal will provide state of the art air to air refuelling and passenger transport for troops.
 BROUGHTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: A Beluga Airbus aircraft arrives at Airbus, Broughton, Cheshire, to be loaded with the first Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft wing set for transit to Bremen on February 25, 2009 in Broughton, England. The wings are the first set for Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft, a fleet of 14 Airbus A330-200s which will replace the RAF's Tri-star and VC10's. The GBP13 billion deal will provide state of the art air to air refuelling and passenger transport for troops.
BROUGHTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: The first Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft wing set is loaded on to a giant Beluga Airbus aircraft for transit to Bremen on February 25, 2009 in Broughton, England. The wings are the first set for Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft, a fleet of 14 Airbus A330-200s which will replace the RAF's Tri-star and VC10's. The GBP13 billion deal will provide state of the art air to air refuelling and passenger transport for troops.

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