Airbus A380: Superjumbo of the 21st Century by Mark Wagner, Guy Norris


By Mark Wagner, Guy Norris

Poised for takeoff on that scorching morning in April 2005, the Airbus A380 had the practical, strong presence of a large predatory fowl. With its huge, immense gulled wings, imperiously tall tail, and wide, domed forepeak, it seemed able to tackle the realm. And alongside the way in which, it has had lots of supporters—and critics. No civil airliner because the supersonic Concorde has aroused such emotion, such fascination, and such reason célèbre.

To a convinced Airbus and the hundreds of thousands of awestruck staff who cheered it into that cloudless sky over Toulouse, it capacity much more. the ecu corporation has been reworked lower than the large wings of this tremendous undertaking right into a unmarried company entity—from a free consortium right into a new, extra dynamic strength to problem its important adversary Boeing in each marketplace sector.

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It did little to stiffen resistance through the arousing of aggressive emotions of hate and anger. War weariness, willingness to surrender, loss of hope in German victory, distrust of leaders, feelings of disunity, *See, for example, Thomas R. Phillips, “Preview of Armageddon,” Saturday Evening Post, 12 March 1938, 12; Robert A. : Cornell University Press, 1996), 269–73; Hans Rumpf, The Bombing of Germany, trans. Edward Fitzgerald (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1963), 233; and Stephen A.

At the same time, Hitler spent more and more time in bunkers to avoid Allied bombs. 10 Essentially, the Luftwaffe had been eliminated as a threat to the Allied invasion, despite what the production figures allegedly illustrated. Even if we sweep all those arguments aside, let us revisit the basic charge: that because production increased, the CBO was a failure. Consider the fact that in 1939 the German army consisted of 120 divisions. 11 Using the logic of the production argument, the actions of the Allied armies amounted to a dismal failure—no matter how hard they fought, the German army continued to grow.

84 and S. , 1945, 360. 4. John Terraine, The U-Boat Wars, 1916–1945 (New York: Putnam, 1989), 772–73. Terraine notes 37 that 62 of those submarines were destroyed in port by Allied bombing. 5. Richard P. Hallion, “The Second World War as a Turning Point in Airpower,” in Air Power History: Turning Points from Kitty Hawk to Kosovo, ed. Sebastian Cox and Peter Gray (London: Frank Cass, 2002), 100. For an excellent overview of this campaign, see Christina J. M. Goulter, A Forgotten Offensive: Royal Air Force Coastal Command’s AntiShipping Campaign, 1940–1945 (London: Frank Cass, 1995).

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