Arriving at Airbus headquarters on the south side of Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, it was clear there was going to be one unexpected factor for our upcoming A321neo test flight: low clouds, rain and a westerly wind at 10C (50F). We were going to have to look for airspace suitable for low-altitude testing, and landings would be on a wet Toulouse runway. On our way to the briefing room, ahead of what would be more than 3 hr. of test flying, we pass the two A321neos used for certification ...

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