Airbus is gearing up to build the A350 wing, the company’s first commercial composite wing structure, with the dispatch of large precision tools from California-based Coast Composites. The final set of tooling—a 108-ft.-long Invar mold for the right lower wing skin—is en route to the Airbus facility in Ilescas, Spain, where the lower wing skins will be fabricated. An identical tool for the left lower skin, weighing 125,000 lb. and broken into five sections for shipping, is already on its ...


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