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vagabond
09-14-2010, 09:42 AM
Is it standard procedure to paint first then install or is painting always last?

First China Southern Airlines Airbus A380 gets its tail

http://blog.seattlepi.com/aerospace/library/China_Southern_Airlines__A380_tail_mounting_-_photo_1.JPG
Airbus mounts the vertical tail on China Southern Airlines' first A380 on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010 at Airbus' A380 final assembly line in Toulouse, France. (Airbus)
Airbus mounted the vertical tail on China Southern Airlines' first A380 (http://blog.seattlepi.com/aerospace/category.asp?category=601) super-jumbo jet on Tuesday at Airbus' A380 final assembly line in Toulouse, France. China Southern Airlines is scheduled to receive the first of its five ordered A380s next year.


11Fan
09-14-2010, 10:08 AM
Been a while since I was involved with building an airplane, but it has to do with balancing the Rudder. Many times, just the Rudder is painted before it is paired with the Vertical Stabilizer. It appears in this case that they painted the tail in its entirety.