01 March 2013

MSN1 and MSN3 in the Roger Béteille Final Assembly Line in Toulouse

In this photo posted by Pizza In Motion, the first flying aircraft MSN001 is shown just prior to the roll-out to start the outdoors ground tests and the second flying aircraft MSN003 is shown in the fuselage joint station.

The 3 fuselage sections of A350 XWB MSN3 assembly has already started in station 50B.This aircraft does not have a cabin and is full of Heavy Flight Test Instrumentation (FTI). The flight test programme of MSN3 includes a high and medium altitude campaign, a cold weather campaign, a hot weather campaign and long system flights.

MSN1 was in this moment completing indoor ground tests in station 30 where some stability tests were performed on movable elements (spoilers, elevators, ailerons, rudder) and landing gear doors. 

There are also other pictures in the same blog of this aviation enthusiast and "Boeing guy" supporter ( I have a bumper sticker in my office that says, “If It’s Not Boeing, I’m Not Going.” ) that he got "from a good friend".

MSN1 is structurally completed but for the engines, currently replaced by loads in order to maintain the centre of gravity in the right place. Here arriving st.18


  1. Hi, first of all great job on the blog. I'm coming here everyday to check on that wonderful aircraft.

    On Airbus' renders of the aircraft, the frames of the windshields are painted in black. Do we know yet if it will be like this on the real liveries? Or it will be the airline's decision, I guess.

  2. Thanks for your feedback.
    I don´t know if those frames will be black painted but I think each airline will decide. Launch customer Qatar could define the standard for other airlines. Sure , the Marketing team would be happy if they maintain they maintain the black frames in the windshields.