A350 Completes Ultimate Load Test

Airbus says it performed the ultimate load test of the A350 XWB’s wing in December 2013. Loads up to 1.5 times higher than those the aircraft would ever encounter in its entire in-service life were applied. At ultimate load, the A350 XWB wingtip deflection exceeds five metres. The test was performed on the A350 XWB static test airframe that was built specifically to demonstrate the structural integrity of the airframe. Entry into service of the A350 XWB is expected in Q4 2014. 

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