Airbus A340, 1990s.
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Photograph showing prototype F-WWAI of the Airbus A340, a four-engined, wide-bodied, long-range airliner designed and built by the European Airbus Consortium in Toulouse, France. The high technology wings are built by British aerospace in Chester and the undercarriage by Dowty. The A340 first flew in 1991and was designed specifically to compete with the Boeing 747 on the world's long-haul routes. A mainwheel set from an A340 is displayed in the main entrance of the Science Museum, London.