Toulouse is home to headquarters and smaller offices of many companies and is the industry my husband is working in here with Rockwell.
|This is NOT a wing|
It is the tail fin
One of the largest companies in Toulouse is Airbus.Click here to read more about Airbus: The following information was taken from the airbus website.
Nearly 11,500 people in the Toulouse area are employed by Airbus. Toulouse is where the final assembly of the A320 Family, A330, A380, and A350 XWB takes place. To put the airplane together they join the fuselage to the wings, followed by the installation of the horizontal tail plane and vertical fin, engine pylons, landing gear and engines. After cockpit outfitting, system tests are performed on all aspects of the plain and test flights are conducted prior to final delivery.
Much smaller than a wing
The coordination of the large pieces needed to complete the final plane is a masterpiece of planning - not just for each individual delivery but the initial long-term planning that was implemented many years ago to allow the company to accommodate this important industry. Entire roads were built in France specifically to transport these enormous loads. There is one such road very close to our house. It is closed to vehicle traffic but may be used by bicyclists and runners. Every few weeks the are opened up to transport plane parts.
The transportation includes not only specially built roads but also special barges. Parts come in to major ports such as Bordeaux and make their way to Toulouse. Rather than trying to explain it all here I recommend going to this link where Airbus describes the process in detail.
The photos included in this blog were taken by my husband Paul the night we went to Levignac.