How to paint the largest aircraft. Airbus A-380 in Hamburg
• How to paint the largest aircraft. Airbus A-380 in Hamburg
aircraft painting - matter that requires special attention and effort, let alone when it comes to painting the A380, a surface area in excess of three thousand square meters, the task goes into the category over.
A380 painting made in Hamburg, and it is divided into two phases: first in a special hangar paint keel. By the way, it happens long before you begin final assembly of the aircraft, so that the customer can see at what stage is the production of his ship.
keel dimensions are 12H14, 6 meters, and his painting may take up to 3-4 days.
Next, the keel is sent to Toulouse, where the aircraft are assembled, and then ready to ship arrives in Germany to complete the process of painting.
The specialists (and their hangar employs about 600 people in three shifts) are preparing for the preparatory work for cleaning and polishing the surface.
The application of the base coat. paint spraying is carried out with automatic telescopic platforms, their hangar 8 pieces.
At this point, can simultaneously operate up to 24 people, it takes about one hour for the application of a layer of paint on the fuselage. Generally, the spray itself, then, that in our usual understanding is painting, it takes only 10% of the time that the aircraft spends in the paint hangar.
The paint sprayed from special electric pistols that allow her to apply evenly over the entire surface.
With the help of the workers of the film mask those areas that do not need to paint or the need to paint in a different color. It can be a company logo, name, distinctive characters, and then already underway piece of work by staining of these elements.
By the way, this work takes most of the time the whole process of painting.
Removing masking film.
The aircraft is ready!
The average A380 painting one goes from 14 to 20 days and expended to 600 kg of paint depending on the complexity of liveries airline. It is hard to imagine, but the paint film thickness is only 0, 15 mm.
All the previous photos provided AIRBUS press service.
And now my collection of liveries of the A380.
2005, Le Bourget, the first show to the public two months after the first flight. Corporate livery AIRBUS.
November 2005, for the Dubai Air Show Special painted Emirates livery.
February 2008, Singapore. I catch the first plane, which was delivered to the customer. SIA.
March 2008, Airbus factory in Toulouse.
June 2010, Berlin, ILA exhibition. LUFTHANSA.
February 2010, Singapore, spotting from the window. QANTAS.
June 2011, Le Bourget, KOREAN AIR.
February 2012, AIRBUS factory in Toulouse, final assembly shop. Ready keel AIR FRANCE.
On the street are ready for THAI tests, EMIRATES and another unidentified (according to rumors, the aircraft in the corporate livery bought a sheikh).
MALAYSIA in on the assembly.
July 2012 air show in Farnborough. MALAYSIA AIRLINES in a demonstration flight.