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Airbus A380 - a History Hardcover – 30 Jul 2014

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Aviation (30 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783030410
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783030415
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 2.3 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Graham Simons is a highly regarded aviation historian with extensive contacts within the field. He is the author of Mosquito: The Original Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (2011), B-17 - The Fifteen Ton Flying Fortress (2011), and Valkyrie: The North American XB-70 (also 2011), all published by Pen and Sword Books. He lives near Peterborough.


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As Iv come to expect from this author, this book was superb. I long awaited its release and snapped copy up as soon as it was available and I have enjoyed reading about the A380 and also most interesting to me, as a fan of civil aviation carriers, the airlines point of view, in service record etc.

I know I will re read it and also use it as a reference book on the A380. As I highly prise my story of Courtline - Colours of the sky by the very same author. I hope for future books, there is a gap for a book of the quality on the Boeing 787 and would like to see another title from this author, on the 787 or indeed as a history, of say, I would love, the L1011.
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My son loves this book about his favourite plane
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very intersting
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4.0 out of 5 stars The A380 fascinating story 25 Nov. 2014
By Marco De Montis - Published on Amazon.com
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The Airbus A380 is more than an aircraft. Also for the layman, it became the new icon of the air transport, replacing the legendary 747 from its throne.
This nice book by Pen & Sword describes in a detailed way all peculiarities and innovations of this mega jetliner, enriching the text with beautiful photos.
Author Graham Simons traces the complex genesis of this plane since the twenties, when the huge flying boats (Do. X, Boeing 314, Shorts "C" class)inaugurated the new concept of “the giants of the air”.
In the following chapters, Mr. Simons goes deep into the Boeing vs. Airbus hard fighting for the design of a new mega wide body, with the final winning of the battle by the European team.
Very interesting is also the technical chapter that examines all the steps in the design, since the first studies to the final double deck configuration.
Then the Author goes through the complex production network that snakes through all Europe’s rivers, skies and roads. The final chapters describe the operational log of this complex plane in service with Emirates, QANTAS, Singapore Airlines, British Airways and Lufthansa.
Rich and beautiful is also the iconographic section, with many photos to the details of the A380, including the wealthy first and business class cabins.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring. Just a dry run-through the A380's specs 16 Aug. 2016
By Graeme R. Grieve - Published on Amazon.com
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Boring. Just a dry run-through the A380's specs, and even that didn't really say much about the aircraft. Just an extended Airbus promo, no real story, nothing about the designers, no back-story. No photos of the interiors - it was obvious that this book was completed before the aircraft entered commercial service. After the excellent story about the 747 development, this book wasn't worth it and it's now going out the door.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 Jan. 2016
By Guillermo Elias - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book. Nice color photographs, fine paper and well documented text.
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