Saturday, September 01, 2007

Pinocchio's Nose?

Every once in a while the truth stretching that's indulged in by people in the aircraft business is a bit overt and rates a mention, but rarely is it accompanied with photographic evidence of its....well.....questionability in as blatant a manner.

This picture is from Flight International and it purports to show the A400M on the final assembly line.

Funny. I could have sworn that the wings and landing gear are missing, the empennage is somewhere between here and Seville, there ain't no motors, and the nose hasn't been joined to the fuselage.

I may be wrong about this but this shows some major subassemblies in close proximity but not married up in any substantial way. If that's final assembly I'm Wilson Pickett.


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