One of the most famous A380s, MSN4, will be put to rest at Paris’ Le Bourget Aerospace Museum next week after serving as a test platform for the A380 program since 2005.
The aircraft, which has been used by Airbus as a display platform in addition to its roles in a flight test capacity, has been seen all over the world at major airshows, and its preservation will serve as a reminder of the ground-breaking aircraft’s impact on aviation.
The aircraft will be flown to Paris Le Bourget on 14 February, and will undergo refurbishment, including an interior fitting representative of the aircraft in commercial service. The aircraft will also undergo structural preservation before going on display at Le Bourget as an external and interior exhibit, similar to displays like the Boeing 747 and Concordes currently seen at the iconic museum.
Airbus has also retired three additional aircraft from its test fleet, including A320 MSN1, A340-600 MSN360 and A380 MSN2, which will be transferred to Aeroscopia in Toulouse.