The five Beluga “Super Transporters” have long become a familiar sight at Airbus sites across Europe. Since 1995, the modified A300s with their large cargo bays have been transporting fuselage sections, wings and control surfaces from factory to factory. Every single Airbus aircraft built in the last 23 years—or rather its components—has spent about 2 hr. of its life inside an ST before being assembled in Hamburg, Toulouse, Tianjin, China, or Mobile, Alabama. But now ...

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