For Alcoa, the A380 represents more than a decade of new ideas in metallurgy, structural design, logistics and collaboration with Airbus. With every A380 that takes off, literally more than a million pieces of Alcoa technology take flight, from fasteners to fuselage skins and on to an endless list of essential solutions. And many of these are superlatives equal to the breakthrough that is the A380: the biggest wing spars ever made, the largest, most fatigue resistant upper and lower wing skins, the largest wing spar ever forged, and new titanium lockbolts that marry metal to composite in the A380's huge wing box, and the world's largest aerospace forgings for landing gear.
This project has engaged the talents of a generation of minds at Alcoa. As the number of flights grows; and as the number of aircraft grows; it will engage the production, support and innovation capacities of a generation more. Alcoa. Advancing each generation.
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