A “first-of-its-kind” 1:20 scale model of the A350 XWB joined the skies last June.
This flyable model is the result of a project spurred by an aeronautical mechanic-in-training at Airbus.
In 2011 Christoph Paff heard that fellow Airbus apprentices wanted to build an A350 XWB model, but envisioned something more ambitious than what was being discussed.
"We work for a super company so we should try something bigger: like an A350 XWB with a 3.20-metre wingspan and powered by jet engines,” Paff explained.
The project planning ran from 2011 to mid-2012, with the A350 XWB scale model subsequently produced during more than 3.000 hours of work.
Paff was the “pilot” for the scale model’s first flight, remotely controlling this representative A350 XWB to manage the engine thrust, along with operation of the rudders, elevators, lights, flaps and other components.
The scale model also was exposed at Le Bourget airshow as shown in the picture.
Based on the press release “The power of Airbus’ A350 XWB in a flyable scale model”