Mark Power photographed the construction of the Airbus A380, the largest passenger plane ever built, over a period of three years, 2003 to 2006.
Because of it's extraordinary size, Airbus first had to construct the infrastructure: the building to house the Final Assembly Line, alterations to factories throughout Europe and the logistics of an extensive transportation network, including a purpose-built ship, made in Shanghai.
Mark Power was commissioned by Airbus to document every stage. Here the pictures are sequenced in a roughly chronological order and devided into sections: The construction of the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse; the many factories throughout Europe, each making specific parts of the airplane; the transportation of the first parts to Toulouse; the assembly of the first plane; the 'Reveal'; the first flight and subsequent appearance at Airshows; and, finally, the 'Cold Test' in Arctic Canada.
This slideshow was commissioned for Foto Industria Bologna, Italy, the world's first forum exploring the relationship between photography and companies.
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