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A380's suitable for AEW or Maritime S&R ASW roles?

Old 22nd May 2020, 07:57
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Old 23rd May 2020, 08:49
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Originally Posted by Green Flash View Post
Slight thread drift but I believe that a 380 cargo was designed but the launch customer pulled out(?). I'm sure I read recently that someone is starting to convert the surplus 380's into freighters.
Not freighters, just taking the seats out and making it a Combi. As said already, it means lengthy hand loading, and is likely only a temporary Covid-19 duration mod. Might have been Lufthansa doing it from memory?
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Old 23rd May 2020, 10:48
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I worked on the analysis of the wing for the A380F - in fact it was my first major job in engineering. It was designed to a different set of loads to the passenger variant to represent a different fatigue spectrum and flight profiles which better suited the freighter business case.

The Freighter specific variant didn't make it because it couldn't operate in to enough freight specific airports as they stood, and those airports seemingly didn't want to expand. The 747 could.

I guess there's potential to retrofit cargo doors on the passenger variants, but maybe only one at each end.

I suspect that these aircraft will become niche lease for max passenger capacity periods only.
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Old 23rd May 2020, 17:04
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A-380 as a water bomber for grass/forest fires.

Three decks of bladders. It will never work as a freighter even hand loading is to labor intense to make any sense. How many beer cans can be made from just a single 380. Maybe InBev can buy them cheap!
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Old 23rd May 2020, 17:47
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Would make a nice mobile hospital for in theatre.
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Old 23rd May 2020, 23:10
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Just leave the lounge in place: barista coffee and cake at 38,000ft


Isn't that the cockpit?
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Old 23rd May 2020, 23:24
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Sad to say, there might be a lot of pilots tending bar soon Traffic.
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Old 24th May 2020, 01:11
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Lovely aircraft to fly. Great aircraft to be a passenger. Buggar to finance.
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Old 24th May 2020, 10:47
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Originally Posted by NutLoose View Post
Would make a nice mobile hospital for in theatre.
Not big enough and more to the point probably not able to get to the place you want it.
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Old 24th May 2020, 13:30
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Sad isn’t it when you think that if the RAF bought 5, they could move the whole of the RAF In one airlift.
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Old 24th May 2020, 13:59
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Go on Nutty, I'll bite. 850 x 5 = 4250. Thought the current number for RAF was about 32000?
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Old 24th May 2020, 14:12
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It would make an awesome bomber...
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Old 24th May 2020, 17:11
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Originally Posted by dead_pan View Post
It would make an awesome bomber...
Make an awesome target as well...
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Old 24th May 2020, 18:59
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WHY is this thread still alive?
The proposal is totally ridiculous and serious discussion of it pointless.
Put the thread in the bin along with the 380.


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Old 24th May 2020, 21:23
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Wot e sed.
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Old 24th May 2020, 21:24
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Yep, time to get rid, not a great idea.
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Old 24th May 2020, 21:26
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Originally Posted by Green Flash View Post
Go on Nutty, I'll bite. 850 x 5 = 4250. Thought the current number for RAF was about 32000?
hes not the sharpest tool in the box!
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Old 25th May 2020, 09:39
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I guess if the price was right maybe a head of state/VIP transport?
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