Airbus A350 XWB at McKinley Climatic Lab
The first Airbus A350 XWB to visit the United States, MSN2, has arrived at McKinley Climatic Lab at Eglin Air Force base in northwest Florida.
Over the next couple of weeks the aircraft and its various systems and cabin installations will be subjected to the extreme hot and cold temperatures that the unique facility can sustain in a testing environment.
These tests come on top of those already performed earlier this year in the Middle East and Northern Canada to ensure maturity and full in-service readiness from Day 1 for all A350 XWB’s operators.
There are currently four test aircraft flying in the A350 XWB programme. Together they have accumulated around 1,600 flight test hours in more than 350 flights.