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Old 07-10-2004, 10:47 PM
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Default World's biggest airliner takes shape.

Go to these page's for some pics of the Airbus A380.

http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/view...av2&picid=1243
http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/view...av2&picid=1244

This seams to have gone together pretty quick. I remember not that long ago I saw the pics of the individual fuse sections.
Old 07-15-2004, 08:18 AM
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i wonder when we should expect the maiden voyage. Thanks for the pics, i have been wondering about the a380.

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Old 07-24-2004, 12:52 PM
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wow those people are really tiny! lol
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Of course, anyone can see the assembly hangar is in St. Louis where aviation was born.
Old 10-31-2004, 09:46 AM
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If it ain't Boeing, ya shouldn't be going!
Old 10-31-2004, 06:25 PM
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Holy thread revival batman!!

so how is the big boy coming along yet? anyone got some recent pics?

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Old 11-01-2004, 11:36 AM
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Default RE: World's biggest airliner takes shape.

Ever wonder what a 747 would look like having to make a Emergency landing on a 50ft wide runway...

I think I would have kissed the ground..

edit: I know this has nothing to do with the topic but it is a VERY big airliner....
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Where did this happen? More info - please.
Old 11-02-2004, 07:21 AM
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That wasn't an emergency landing, but rathe a retirement of an airplane. They were flying it there for display or teardown.
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Default RE: World's biggest airliner takes shape.

I reciently saw an article about this 747. I only glanced at the story so I might not have all the facts right but I belive the 747 (with over 100,000 hours on the clock) was flow to the airport in question to be put on display. I believe for a museum. The engines were removed and will be fitted to other aircraft. It was not an emergency landing.

Learjet mech just beat me to it
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Default RE: World's biggest airliner takes shape.

anyone have any info on the progress of the a380?? I really would like to see it now and compare it the pics we saw a few months ago.


EDIT: found some great recent photos that really show some serious progress! check out [link=http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.search?aircraft_genericsearch=Airbus%20A380&aircraftsearch=]this link[/link]

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Old 11-02-2004, 06:36 PM
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LearjetMech & GRANT ED your both right... it was just easier to say emergency landing instead of I belive the 747 (with over 100,000 hours on the clock) was flow to the airport in question to be put on display. I believe for a museum blah blah blah.....

good call guys
Old 11-02-2004, 11:12 PM
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Having the airframe lat 100,000 hours is a hell of a tribute to the Boeing design engineers. That's almost eleven and one half years in the air.

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Old 11-03-2004, 08:38 AM
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That plane is PHAT! er, I mean FAT!!!!
Old 12-06-2004, 12:58 PM
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Look how close the center of the nose gear is lined up with the center white lines of the runway. Pretty good I'd say. Also if it has over eleven years of flight I wonder how many man-years of maintenance it's had. That's amazing. I wish I had 11 years of pilot time on a 747. [8D]

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Ever wonder what a 747 would look like having to make a Emergency landing on a 50ft wide runway...

I think I would have kissed the ground..

edit: I know this has nothing to do with the topic but it is a VERY big airliner....
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I understand they still haven't built the runways required for the A380 (Loaded anyway).
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gow, from what I understand there is already a few number of ruways that will accept its weight loaded. Not many though. That will limit where it can go because I dont think airports like KBOS, JFK, or LAX ect are going to spend the $$ to upgrade the weight rating of their runways. Should be iteresting seeing where they go once they are finished.

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Old 12-06-2004, 03:42 PM
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Any runway that will take the C5 will accept the A380. But the military might balk at having a commercial terminal on base.

With the 747 able to carry almost 500 people at once, with a gross weight of 400 tons, why is an airplane that much larger needed? Seems like an answer looking for question.

I don't like the Airbus products anyway (If it's not Boeing I'm not going). Does this useless thing have a plastic vertical fin like their smaller planes? Bah!

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"Does this useless thing have a plastic vertical fin like their smaller planes? Bah!"

Kinda reminds you of a giant SPAD, doesn't it? LOL!
Old 12-06-2004, 05:35 PM
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Default RE: World's biggest airliner takes shape.

Its not usually the runway that is a problem with weight. Its the taxiways and ramps. We can't take a 747 here, but one made an emergency landing here once and it had to stop on the runway. Couldn't taxi off. Was quite the sight to see. I got some great pics of a 747 doing touch and goes in Moses lake last weekend. SWEET!
Old 12-08-2004, 12:15 PM
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I'm having a hard time understanding Airbus's reasoning behing this thing. Boing is learning that airlines want smaller, cheaper to operate planes. With ramp and runway space already a premium at airports, I can't see many of them allowing these big monsters taking up valuable ramp space.

Looks really neat, but I think it will be a Spruce Goose or a White Elephant.
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I guess Airbus thinks that there is a market.....even if there's not the European governments will pick up the tab. There isn't really any risk for Airbus so why not shoot for the moon.

The 777-200LR can reach almost any destination in the world from LAX carrying 301 passengers with the economy of two engines. It's pretty cool when the shortest route back from where you came is the opposite direction!

It will interesting to see how things shake out......
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if you go onto airbus' website, there are actually alot of the a380 on order for europeans carriers. I beleive fedex wants the cargo version (or UPS dont remember) , I think i remember airfrance wants a few too. check out airbus' website, its kinda neat...i do however, follow the "if it aint boeing i aint going" slogan.

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they have to do more then make new taxi ways, try all new termanals. How else are they going to use the top doors and it has a longer wing span then a 747, so longer corridores to the plane.
Old 12-11-2004, 10:51 AM
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The airlines will love them on highly travelled routes. The operating cost per seat will be about 15% less per seat than the 747. 15% lower operating cost is huge in this industry. That means a little more money made on the flight and they can sell tickets a little cheaper. The bean counters will be happy and the 380 will happily take over many 747 routes. The airport modifications will take a while, but the 380 will sell well.

Airbus will now own the queen of the skies. I think Boeing is going to get well behind on this one and lose a lot of steam. They already found themsleves behind and tried to propose a massive airliner to compete with the 380 by modifying the 747 once they saw they were behind. This fizzled out because in order to really compete they need to start over with a new design. With fuel prices on the increase the idea of point to point travel will be a hard one to realize. The hub and spoke system, I think, will become larger and the 380 will play a vital role. Boeing will be in second place in the future providing the mainly spoke planes and medium hub planes while Airbus will have planes for the spokes and hubs, small medium, and very large.

I think the governing body at Boeing got the general picture for the future wrong. They think that everything is going to go to point to point and there will be a low need for large airliners. There will be more of a point to point system with direct flights as the number of airports grow, but the hub and spoke system is going to overshadow it. I think Airbus got the future of the air right and designed an aircraft around it, leaving Boeing in the dust.

I think the funniest thing about the whole deal is the mock-up Airbus built. The thing has a library, bars, waterfountains, 10' wide walkways............

The airlines that purchase it will likely cram all of the seats into the thing as possible to make money. They may add a few frills for advertising and having a better product. When the 747 came out they advertised the hump could be a retreat or a bar. It is now full of seats.

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