A whale, a flying giant: the Airbus Beluga XL

The first Airbus Beluga XL, originally designed to carry a load made its first flight in Toulouse-Blagnac, France, at 21 hours (time local). In a flight that lasted 4 hours and 11 minutes, the pilots, Christopher Cail (captain), Bernardo Sáez-Benito (co-pilot) and Jean Michel Pin (flight engineer), took the ship to their first successful test….