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Whale Of A Plane: Airbus BelugaXL Makes Maiden Flight

The BelugaXL's paint job "features beluga whale-inspired eyes and an enthusiastic grin." For several hours on Thursday, the whale soared over southern France.
The Airbus BelugaXL, built to transport large aircraft pieces, took off on its maiden flight Thursday from France's Toulouse-Blagnac Airport. Source: A. Tchaikovsky

It's built for oversize cargo — but it also sports a smile: The Airbus BelugaXL took off on its maiden flight on Thursday, creating a

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