You would never want to look out of your window on a flight and see the aeroplane wing bend like this but it’s nice to know that Airbus stress tests the hell out of their flying tubes. All to make sure that even if the wing is at such an obscene angle, it won’t snap in half.
It’s really cool to see the process of pushing the Airbus A350 “to the brink” but I also love seeing the huge structure that houses the plane and all the cables involved in testing it.
Airbus’ thorough programme of static ground testing — including mechanical load and pressurisation evaluations — proves the A350 XWB’s structural limits before the aircraft can make its first flight.
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