Airbus nearly did not make it off the ground. As 1969 began, the British government had made clear it would not provide financial support for the plan to develop a European twin-aisle airliner. The French and Germans had pledged to back a joint European commercial aircraft program, after the many failures of aircraft launched by national industries individually. But without British involvement, the proposed Airbus A300 had no engine. While that issue was solved with the help of General ...


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