The Airbus A300 Legacy, 50 Years After First Flight

Airbus A300B1 first flight in 1972

The Airbus A300B1 took off for the first time in Toulouse on Oct. 28, 1972, a Saturday.

Credit: Airbus
The incident happened early on in the flight-test program. On Dec. 6, 1972, pilots Jacques Grangette and Pierre Baud took off for the 17th sortie of the A300B1. Two flight-test engineers and a mechanic were also on board. Shortly after they started the day’s test program, the two pilots found that...

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