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Cold-weather testing for the Airbus A350 (pictures)

Making sure the new energy-efficient jet works fine at minus 18 degrees Fahrenheit, the French aircraft maker takes its A350 to northern Canada. Here's a look at the testing.

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Airbus A350 XWB cold-weather testing

An Airbus A350 XWB flies over Iqaluit, Canada, in cold-weather testing. Another test model of the aircraft just completed high-elevation testing in Bolivia.
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Airbus A350 XWB cold-weather testing

In cold-weather testing in Iqaluit, Canada, the Airbus A350 XWB has to show that it can start even after standing for extended periods in very cold temperatures, handle aborted takeoffs, and stop in the snow with the aid of thrust reverses.
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Airbus A350 XWB cold-weather testing

The Airbus A350X on a runway in Iqaluit, Canada. The company has put the aircraft through 900 hours of testing over 200 flights.
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Airbus A350 XWB cold-weather testing

The Airbus A350 XWB, in cold-weather testing at Iqaluit, Canada, has to show that it works in temperatures as low as minus 18 Fahrenheit, including engine starts and low-speed taxiing.

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