Impossible Engineering


Series 1 - Episode 6 Airbus



A look at the Airbus A380, which as the largest passenger plane ever built can carry more than 850 people non-stop nearly half-way around the world. With the largest wingspan of any commercial aircraft and four specially developed mighty turbo jet engines, the A380 weighs 560 tonnes and getting it off the ground would not have been possible without the work of past innovators such as George Cayley and Frank Whittle. Key developments in aerospace engineering - from Richard Whitcombe's energy-efficient wing-tip designs to Nasa engineers' cutting-edge control system, Fly by Wire - helped bring the A380 to fruition.