Airbus A380 - a History Hardcover – 30 Jul 2014
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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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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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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.