14 June 2013
The Airbus A350 successfully completed its maiden flight Friday. The flight, with two former fighter pilots at the controls, took off at 10:01 a.m. local time (4:01 a.m. EDT) from the Airbus factory in southwestern France. It was watched by more than 10,000 staff and spectators. The A350 touched down at 2:05 p.m. local time after flying past the Toulouse production site, concluding eight years of development estimated to have cost $15 billion. (Image Credit: Airbus)
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