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They...Shoot Several Dead Ducks Into the Engine': An American Reveals the 'Amazing' Way French Airplanes Get Built

"That is going to be an airplane wing, made out of tape."

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Wings made of "tape," dead ducks in the engine — that's just part of the recipe.

When you watch the video, you'll understand how it all adds up to a feat of modern engineering: the Airbus A350.

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Henry Reich, of the YouTube channel Minute Physics, was invited to France by the aviation giant Airbus to take a behind-the-scenes look at their design and construction process, and he posted a video detailing his journey on YouTube Friday.

Engineers put the A350 design through an exhaustive set of paces, from the drawing board to the actual construction.

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"They even shoot several dead ducks into the engine at high speed to make sure it can continue to provide thrust if it encounters a flock of birds," Reich noted.

Some of the basic construction techniques amazed Reich, as when he learned that the plane wings were made from "carbon-fiber-infused resin as tape."

"Let me say that again," Reich said, gesturing at a wing being assembled. "That is going to be an airplane wing, made out of tape."

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Overall, Reich was impressed by what he saw.

"It's a pretty amazing feat of engineering, manufacturing, infrastructure and technology," he said of the Airbus factory.

Watch the video below:

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