Watch a Mammoth Airbus A380 Go From the Assembly Line to the Runway

By Kate Knibbs on at

No matter how annoying it gets to squish into an economy seat, it's hard to deny that airplanes are awe-inspiring. Watching Qatar Airways' recent Airbus A380 assembled highlights how intricate the design of these beastly machines really is.

They're 45-tonne winged buses that soar thousands of feet above the ground for thousands of miles like some kind of freakish wizard trick. It's nuts that we figured out how to make these things.

Qatar Airways chronicled how its first Airbus A380 went from a load of gleaming airplane parts to a functional carrier in a web series on YouTube. Here are the rest of the episodes if you're looking for your daily dose of airplane porn:

Anyone else have a sudden urge to buy a plane ticket?