The Airbus A350 XWB, MSN 4, has completed water ingestion testing to demonstrate its ability to operate on wet runways. During the tests, which were performed at Istres, France, Airbus said MSN 4 traveled through troughs containing at least 22 mm of water depth, at a variety of speeds, starting at 60 knots and increasing to around 140 knots. According to Airbus, the test “validates how the aircraft would behave on a very rain-soaked runway, and verifies that neither the water under the ...

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