MOBILE - The massive EADS Airbus aircraft with 22 tons of hurricane relief supplies from the United Kingdom and France landed this morning at Mobile.
Spokesman Sam Adcock said the supplies will be delivered to Hurricane Katrina victims through the Mississippi emergency management agency in Hancock County.The A300-600 aircraft is called the Beluga because of it's whale-like shape and normally carries aircraft parts from Airbus factories across Europe
The odd-looking plane has a wing span of 144 feet and required three refueling stops during the flight to Mobile. EADS also provided helicopters for use in New Orleans during the search for Katrina victims. Tomorrow, the company will bring in a mobile hospital unit from Europe to Dallas. Adcock said bringing in the relief supplies was a personal mission for him because his parents' home on the beach at Gulfport, Mississippi, was destroyed by Katrina.
EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world, plans to build an aircraft assembly plant in Mobile.