4/27/2005--Toulouse, France..The world's largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, completed a maiden flight Wednesday (here it is parked after landing) that took it over the Pyrenees mountains, a milestone for aviation and for the European aircraft-maker's battle with American rival Boeing Co...The A380?s first flight is being jointly captained by Claude Lelaie, Senior Vice President of Airbus? Flight Division and Chief Test Pilot and Vice President Jacques Rosay. The other crew members are Fernando Alonso, Vice President Flight Division, Flight Test Engineering, who leads a team of two other flight test engineers Jacky Joye and Manfred Birnfeld, and test flight engineer Gérard Desbois. ..For its first flight, Airbus? 21st century flagship, carrying the registration F-WW0W, took off at a weight of 421 tonnes / 928,300 lbs, the highest ever of any civil airliner at take-off to date. It is powered by four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. In addition to water ballasts, the equipment on board the A380 comprises a full set of flight-test instrumentation to record the thousands of parameters necessary to enable in-flight performance analysis. ..Photograph By Stuart Isett.All photographs ©2005 Stuart Isett.All rights reserved.