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pvmw
21st Nov 2006, 10:31
I'm not sure if this is the appropriate forum, but I couldn't see a more applicable one.

I spent a couple of days touring the Somme Battlefields last weekend, staying near Peronne.

There is a substantially large Airbus site just outside the town, with a lot of earthworks in progress that might even be a runway (or a very large thin carpark). I've had a look at the Airbus website which lists all Airbus sites world-wide, and there is nothing shown closer than Nantes.

So I wondered. Does anyone know what activity is carried out there? It all looks new, so the suspicious, cyncial side of me immediately thought something one the lines of "perfidious French, they are building a secret shadow factory to take over the production of Airbus wings from the UK" - and if they are, I wonder if they are recruiting!!!!!.

ORAC
21st Nov 2006, 11:04
The site at Méaulte (http://www.answers.com/topic/arrondissement-of-p-ronne) is responsible for assembling the nose sections of all Airbus aircraft, including the cockpit (http://www.airbusmilitary.com/press.html). And, yes, it looks like they are putting in a 2200m runway (http://www.sommexpansion.com/implantez/zi/meaulte/fichtech.php)....

pvmw
21st Nov 2006, 11:48
The site at Méaulte (http://www.answers.com/topic/arrondissement-of-p-ronne) is responsible for assembling the nose sections of all Airbus aircraft, including the cockpit (http://www.airbusmilitary.com/press.html). And, yes, it looks like they are putting in a 2200m runway (http://www.sommexpansion.com/implantez/zi/meaulte/fichtech.php)....

Thanks for that. Interesting. It isn't referred to on the Airbus website, presumably they can build factories rather quicker than their IT dept. can keep up!!!!

100LL
21st Nov 2006, 21:03
Is that the place near Albert, saw it in August looks impressive , but the locals are complaing about it i believe something about ruining the area and upsetting the cattle.

Farrell
22nd Nov 2006, 01:31
It's actually for growing mushrooms.

Airbus will be training all of their employees to become mushroom pickers over the next few months, in preparation for more A380 cancellations.

con-pilot
22nd Nov 2006, 02:13
It's actually for growing mushrooms.

Airbus will be training all of their employees to become mushroom pickers over the next few months, in preparation for more A380 cancellations.

Now Farrell, that was cruel, very cruel, but true. :p