Aeroscopia’s Expanding Fleet

Toulouse aviation museum Aeroscopia has inducted five commercial airliners into its expanding collection. The new exhibits include a trio of Airbus prototypes – A380, F-WXXL (c/n 002), A320-100, F-WWAI (c/n 001), and A340- 600, F-WWCA (c/n 360).
 
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Airbus A320-100 (F-WWAI c/n 001). Javi Sanchez Utzet (AirTeamImages.com/JaviSanchezUtzet)
 

The attraction has also benefited from another local manufacturer, ATR, which has provided it with examples of its 42 and 72 models, F-WEGC (c/n 003), and 72, F-WWEY (c/n 098), respectively.

Manatour, which operates the attraction as well as tours of Airbus production lines, worked alongside staff from Airbus and ATR for five days in order to prepare nearby roads to accommodate the new arrivals as they moved to the museum site. The size of the larger aircraft necessitated roads surrounding the attraction to be closed for several days.

Four of the three airliners and two turboprops spent their working lives as developmental aircraft, while the ATR 42 was the third to come off the production line in 1985. It initially entered service with Holland Aero Lines in January of the following year and served with 12 other operators before being retired in 2014. It has been stored at the manufacturer’s Toulouse/Francazal site since then.

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