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12 April 2017
12. April 2017 Commercial Aircraft

The A350-1000 makes a big splash during water trough testing

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Performed this month at the Istres Air Force Base in southern France, the A350-1000 was purposely run along an inundated surface to demonstrate the robustness of the aircraft and to secure its maturity from entry-into-service.
For these tests, crewmembers progressively accelerated the aircraft through the standing water five times at speeds from 80 to 140 knots, with the A350-1000 performing as expected.
The trials were documented with video and photo coverage, as well as the first use of a camera-equipped drone to provide airborne views of the test runs.
As the latest member of Airbus’ leading widebody family, the A350-1000 is scheduled to enter airline operation before year-end. In addition to having a longer fuselage accommodating 40 more passengers than the A350-900 version currently in service, the A350-1000 also features more powerful Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines, a modified wing trailing-edge and new six-wheel main landing gears.
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This overhead view, taken by a camera drone, captures one of the A350-1000’s test runs through a purposely-inundated surface at France’s Istres Air Force Base, performed to demonstrate the aircraft’s robustness and secure its maturity from entry-into-service

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