How do they attach the wings on an aeroplane?

It’s quite common for the wings of an aeroplane to be made at an entirely different location from the fuselage – so how do they go about fitting them together?

The assembly requires both heavy lifting & maximum precision – a wing subassembly can weigh as much as 2,000 Kg [4,400 Lbs] before any of the mechanical components have been installed & the many fixing holes used to attach the wing to the fuselage have to be perfectly aligned. Aircraft wing subassemblies can take up to 50 working hours to complete so the manoeuvring of them needs to be both completely controlled & efficient to comply with production schedules.


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