Monday, November 9, 2009

The Airbus Factory in Toulouse France


Another top secret tour - no pictures allowed but we'll try to find some later. Now, this is one huge facility. Our visions of some kind of assembly line proved to be inaccurate. Most of the work being done while we were there was inside the planes. We saw relatively few employees and only heard the odd sound of a hammer. The various parts of the fuselage are assembled in different countries and assembled in Toulouse. The tails of the planes are painted on the ground in advance so the planes themselves sit covered in slightly differing shades of the green protective paint that is removed prior to the final painting, but the tails are fully painted with, say, Lufthansa colors and symbols, and give an idea of what the finished plane will look like.

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