The Airbus A350 endures -40 deg C during cold testing - Photo: Airbus

The Airbus A350 endures -40 degrees Celsius during cold testing – Photo: Airbus

Airbus took MSN002A350-900 test bed aircraft, to the US Air Force’s McKinley Climatic Laboratory to give it a bit of a chill. Eglin Air Force Base, which hosts the lab, is located in the sunny state of Florida, but is able to provide low temperature testing. The A350 XWB was subjected to “multiple climatic and humidity settings,” including temperatures from 113 deg F (45 C) down to -40 deg F (-40 C).

During engine tests, to keep the aircraft in place, it had to be chained down. But it was important to make sure the engines could start up and operate at different temperatures.

Many of the A350 systems were checked during the tests including the in-flight entertainment, air conditioning, galleys, and water & waste systems. Luckily for us, Airbus did a great job documenting the process via photos and video.

The tail of MSN002 get a bit frosty - Image: Airbus

The tail of MSN002 get a bit frosty – Photo: Airbus

Due to the size of the aircraft, crew at the facility had to start preparations six months before MSN002’s arrival.

This is just part of the testing required for the Airbus A350 to be validated and prepared for delivery later this year.

Here are additional photos and a video of the climate testing process:

The Airbus A350 in the McKinley cold weather testing facility - Photo: Airbus

The Airbus A350 in the McKinley cold weather testing facility – Photo: Airbus

 

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Test crew bundle up while in the flight deck of the A350 - Photo: Airbus

Test crew bundle up while in the flight deck of the A350 – Photo: Airbus

Crew walking around the outside of the A350 - Photo: Airbus

Crew walking around the outside of the A350 – Photo: Airbus

MSN002 outside of the test hangar - Photo: Airbus

MSN002 outside of the test hangar – Photo: Airbus

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2 Comments
Mike Butorac

Can anyone tell me why all previous hot/cold tests seem to have been done ‘on location’ and not in a facility like this? Perhaps a 74 or A380 is too big, but most others would fit.

Oliver

More good news for the A350, Qatar Airways’ third A350 (MSN009) has entered final assembly…

http://a350production.com/2014/05/09s40/

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