It might be the last highly-anticipated first flight for years to come. Early this morning, Airbus' A350 XWB, the aviation giant's next-generation, highly-fuel-efficient airplane, made with more than 50 percent composite materials, took the skies on its inaugural flight.
CNET couldn't be on hand in Blagnac, France, where Airbus' world headquarters is located, but thanks to a live stream, we're able to share the images of the A350's first flight with you.
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Plane and many people
With A350 enthusiasts in the foreground, the airplane is seen on the tarmac readying for its first flight.
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Thousands of enthusiasts
First flights like that of the A350 XWB are a magnet for serious aviation enthusiasts like the thousands that turned out Friday morning near Toulouse, France, for the plane's inaugural flight.
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An aerial shot from a helicopter shows the A350 XWB sitting alone (center-right) on the tarmac at the airfield in Blagnac, France.
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Another aerial shot shows the A350 almost from directly above.
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Airbus personnel monitor the first flight proceedings in the telemetry room.
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A350 and Airbus planes
With a group of other Airbus airplanes in the foreground, the A350 XWB awaits rolling down the tarmac before takeoff.
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Sitting and waiting
It's almost takeoff time for the A350 XWB.
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Readying for first flight
The airplane is just seconds away from takeoff.
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Lined up by the hundreds
People line the barriers at the airfield, eager to see the A350 XWB take air for the first time.
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In the minutes prior to takeoff, the airplane sat alone just to the side of the runway.
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Wheels up in the air
Seen from the front, the A350's wheels are up in the air for the very first time.
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In the air
The A350 XWB begins its initial four-hour journey.
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It's takeoff for the very first time for the A350 XWB.
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A chase plane flies past the A350 just after takeoff.
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The A350 XWB is an attractive airplane, one that has already garnered Airbus 613 preorders.
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The A350, seen at takeoff from directly in front.
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The airplane starts a slight turn, allowing a view of its underside.
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Disappearing into the clouds
The airplane begins to disappear into clouds over the airfield.
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On its way
Airbus' first A350 XWB disappears into the clouds. It is scheduled for a four-hour first flight.