Creating this full set of side view templates (and blueprints) for the Airbus A320 series was a fun challenge. It’s far from being the most interesting commercial airliner in existence, and it wasn’t that fun to draw if I’m being honest, but it needed to get done.
Basically, the A320 series of aircraft has proven to be an extremely popular choice for airlines all over the world. Many of them have chosen it to be the backbone of their entire fleet, and it would be foolish of me to not include it in the Norebbo side view aircraft template collection.
Airbus A320 side view blueprints (and all white templates)
You’d probably think that creating templates of a smaller aircraft such as this would be easier than some of the larger airplanes I’ve been doing recently (the A380 templates in particular). And you’d be right. To a point. The difficulty comes when you factor in all the variants of the A320.
There are two engines available (v2500 and CFM56) and two different types of wingtips (rakelets and sharklets) – and any combination of all this stuff is available from Airbus today. So that means once I had the basic template created, there were a handful of variants I needed to create to make this a complete set.
CFM56 engine option
I’m going to kick off this A320 template set with version featuring with CFM56 engines and rakelets. Immediately below it is the associated blueprint line drawing:
Next up is the all white rendering and blueprint line drawing for the variant with the CFM56 engines and the newer-style sharklets. It’s basically the best looking first generation A320 IMHO:
V2500 engine option
The other engine option for the first generation A320 is the International Aero Engines (IAE) V2500. It’s much smaller in diameter than the CFM56, but it is longer. Let’s start the templates for the v2500 model with the version that features rakelets:
Just as how large winglets can make pretty much any aircraft look better, the version of the A320 that featured V2500 engines with the larger winglets looks fantastic IMHO. BTW, Airbus would prefer that you call them “sharklets” – not winglets. Thanks.
While it is a bit confusing trying to keep the engine options and winglet styles in order, all these different variants help to make the Airbus A320 one of the best selling commercial aircraft of all time.
And it keeps getting better. The next generation A320 (A320neo) features all-new (larger) engines, which is exactly what this airplane needed to make it look good. I’ve already created a full set of detailed templates for the A320neo, and it’s neat to put them side by side with these A320ceo (Current Engine Option) drawings. The differences are rather significant!