A great addition to the highly popular Flight Craft Series. This book reviews the history of an aircraft that probably entered service after its time but was never-the-less an iconic and important aircraft in civil aviation – Very Highly Recommended
NAME: Flight Craft 23, Airbus A380 FILE: R3352 AUTHOR: Robert Jackson PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword BINDING: soft back PRICE: £16.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Civil aviation, jet airliners, airlines, long haul, high capacity passenger aircraft, Airbus, multi-national co-operation, major sub assemblies, escalating costs, changing airline requirements, global events, heavy-lift aircraft, freight capacity. ISBN: 1-52677-406-2 PAGES: 87, A wealth of illustration throughout the book in both full colour and B&W images. Most of the images are uniquely shot to illustrate this book. IMAGE: B3352.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/pd54pbhn LINKS: DESCRIPTION: A great addition to the highly popular Flight Craft Series. This book reviews the history of an aircraft that probably entered service after its time but was never-the-less an iconic and important aircraft in civil aviation – Very Highly Recommended
This book features a high photographic content. As with sister volumes in the Flight Craft series most of the photographs have been shot specifically to illustrate the book and are of the highest quality in full colour. The clear text begins by providing an outline of the history of this important aircraft, continuing with a master class in building, from the model kits available, to exhibition standard.
The A380 marked the point where Airbus was attempting to produce a bigger and better aircraft than the Boeing 747, at a time when many factors were combining to change the way airlines saw large passenger jets. In many respects the A380 arrived after changes to the views of operators and achieved far fewer aircraft sales than Airbus had hoped for. There were delays and cost escalations during development, but the aircraft would have done very well had the market not just suddenly changed.
The A380 making its debut at Farnborough was an impressive aircraft and very comfortable. During the short flight with aviation journalists aboard it was quiet and stable, everything that a passenger might want in comfort. It has proved reliable in service and well regarded by its crews, but Airbus was probably very glad to see the end of production.
The standard of illustration in this series is always excellent but of special note are the specially commissioned colour illustrations of 12 individual aircraft.