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Beluga XL First Flight.

Old 19th Jul 2018, 14:45
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Beluga XL First Flight.

The Beluga XL had a 4 hour test flight from Toulouse this morning. It managed 410 knots and 32,000ft, but apart from the landing, I don't think they did any test stalls in it. There are another 40 test flights before it goes into service.
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Old 19th Jul 2018, 14:50
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Must be some interesting cockpit perspective from the converted avionics bay down below and some more than interesting vortex behind that wide fuselage. But those strakes seem to deal well with them.
The tail looks like they could install some gunner's position if attacked from behind.
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Old 19th Jul 2018, 14:53
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Ah..thanks, that explains the Beluga plus one accompanying smaller aircraft we saw over our part of the world at medium level an hour or two ago (we were driving and only got a quick glimpse of the par into sun so couldnít get the scale of those involved)..
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Old 19th Jul 2018, 19:21
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Is it just me or do the fin/rudder not look big enough?

But certainly an interesting looking aircraft......and I can't help smiling at the smile.
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Smiley face as well!
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Old 20th Jul 2018, 00:54
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The Dolphin!!!
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Old 20th Jul 2018, 02:24
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Ugly and cute at the same time! As someone who saw the Guppys and Super Guppys in their time Iím fascinated by purpose built mods like this. All the best to them.
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Old 20th Jul 2018, 06:41
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What is that orange section on the tail for? Anything flight test related or just warning colours for low ceiling loading hangar ops?
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Old 21st Jul 2018, 02:07
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Originally Posted by Carbon Bootprint View Post
Ugly and cute at the same time! As someone who saw the Guppys and Super Guppys in their time Iím fascinated by purpose built mods like this. All the best to them.
I'm astonished that the massive increase in frontal area had such a small impact on performance on the Guppys - probably the same on this?
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Old 21st Jul 2018, 02:38
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Ugly! Marcel would be rolling in his grave!
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Old 21st Jul 2018, 03:55
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It would be interesting to know what the crosswind limit would be?
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Old 21st Jul 2018, 04:09
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I believe that there is a lot of rudder blanking on the Beluga type aircraft.
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