Airbus Beluga XL Whale Takes Flight for the First Time

The Airbus Beluga XL made its first flight. Check out photos of the super-transporter's adorable "whale face" paint job.

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Airbus’ BelugaXL made its first flight Thursday, July 19, 2018, in Southwestern France.
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The super-transporter is one of the largest aircraft in existence, according to CNBC.
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The maiden test flight lasted four hours, and took off and landed in Toulouse-Blagnac, France.
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The flight landed to thunderous applause from an audience of more than 10,000 people.
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The beluga whale face paint was decided by a poll of 20,000 people.
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Airbus said the aircraft is the first of five BelugaXL’s to enter service during 2019, according to CNBC.
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