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The Modern Birds' Nest: Take the Airbus Tour

Where: Rue Franz Joseph Strauss, Blagnac, France, 31700
May 6, 2009 at 12:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

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Missed Airbus' periodic tours of its newest planes? Visit the birthplace—or as the natives say, crèche—of the A380 and other magnificent flying machines in Toulouse, France.

Aerophile visitors are taken in a bus around the Airbus compound, named for French air entrepreneur Jean Luc Lagardère, and shown the testing sites and runways where both parts and finished planes get the full quality assurance treatment.

Then, joy of joys, you get to play plane voyeur and watch the actual assembly process of one of these megaplanes from high above the assembly floor—acrophobics need not apply!

Tours are offered Monday through Saturday from 9am to 6pm, at €14 a head for the A380 tour (€11 for ages 6 to 18, free for kids under 6). You must however call them (+33 (0)5 34 39 42 00) and specifically request a schedule for tours in English, normally offered during the summer only; make sure to call at least 2 days before you plan to visit and be ready to offer up your full name, birthdate and nationality. Bring your passport, but leave the camera at home as photography while on the tour is not allowed—quelle merde.

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