As commented some days ago, the A350 MSN2 finished in May the more than 2 weeks of evaluations at the U.S. Air Force’s McKinley Climatic Laboratory.
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During these weeks at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, the MSN2 developmental aircraft was subjected to multiple climatic and humidity settings from a high of 45ºC to as low as -40ºC.
Flight test director Philippe Foucault said the A350 XWB’s various systems – from in-flight entertainment and air conditioning to its galleys, water and waste systems – were validated while the A350 XWB was enclosed in the laboratory’s large hangar.
Testing included operations with the engines running, which required the A350 XWB to be securely chained in place.
The A350 XWB is one the largest aircraft ever tested at the McKinley Climatic Laboratory, requiring the teams to start their preparations six months prior to arrival. “This is a one-of-a-kind tool, and the laboratory’s operators are masters of it,” Foucault said. “They made everything seem possible.”