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05 June 2015
Commercial Aircraft

The power of Airbus’ A350 XWB in a flyable scale model

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05 June 2015

A350 XWB scale model first flight 4

Christoph Paff was the “pilot” for the A350 XWB scale model’s milestone first flight, which was performed 1 June 2015 at Hamburg-Finkenwerder Airport in Germany

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05 June 2015

A350 XWB scale model first flight 1

More than 3,000 hours of work were put into building Airbus’ flyable A350 XWB scale model, which was developed in a project inspired by aeronautical mechanic-in-training Christoph Paff

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05 June 2015

A350 XWB scale model first flight 2

Airbus’ “first-of-its-kind” flyable A350 XWB scale model is remotely controlled to manage the engine thrust, as well as for operation of the rudders, elevators, lights, flaps and other components

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05 June 2015

A350 XWB scale model first flight 3

For its first flight, the 1:20 scale model of Airbus’ new-generation A350 XWB jetliner lifted off from Hamburg-Finkenwerder Airport, turned a few laps and then landed smoothly

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The “first-of-its-kind” A350 XWB scale model – which performed its maiden flight from Hamburg-Finkenwerder Airport on 1 June 2015 – incorporates a 3.2-metre wingspan, jet engines and retractable landing gear

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Nearly two years after the no. 1 A350 XWB’s maiden flight in 2013, a “first-of-its-kind” 1:20 scale model of this new-generation jetliner has joined the skies – the result of a project spurred by an aeronautical mechanic-in-training at Airbus.
The A350 XWB’s “smaller brother” performed its own inaugural flight from Hamburg-Finkenwerder Airport, which is home to one of Airbus’ major jetliner assembly facilities. The scale model was developed in a project inspired by Christoph Paff – the training mechanic who in 2011 heard that fellow Airbus apprentices wanted to build an A350 XWB model, but envisioned something more ambitious than what was being discussed.
"We work for a super company so we should try something grander: like an A350 XWB with a 3.20-metre wingspan and powered by jet engines,” Paff explained. The project planning ran from 2011 to mid-2012, with the A350 XWB scale model subsequently produced during more than 3,000 hours of work.  
Paff was the “pilot” for the scale model’s first flight, remotely controlling this representative A350 XWB to manage the engine thrust, along with operation of the rudders, elevators, lights, flaps and other components.  After lifting off, the scale model turned a few laps and then landed smoothly.
Commenting on the success, the head of vocational training at Airbus in Germany, Jan Balcke, said: "Everybody proved their willingness, commitment and staying power – which are essential prerequisites for leading such a project to success, and the result is great."
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Christoph Paff was the “pilot” for the A350 XWB scale model’s milestone first flight, which was performed 1 June 2015 at Hamburg-Finkenwerder Airport in Germany

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