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Beluga XL

Old 14th Feb 2019, 14:34
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Beluga XL

Wonder if anybody seen it. First visit to the UK today, flew in across Filton, done a couple of passes over the Severn Bridge and now looks like a couple of circuits at Harwaden.

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Old 14th Feb 2019, 16:58
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I watched a live stream of the arrival at Broughton this afternoon (no doubt available on youtube). An impressive plane. The stop was impressive; stopped on a sixpence!
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 17:55
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Will they still need it after the 380?
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 18:14
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Will they still need it after the 380?
They will still be making wings for the rest of the Airbus family. At least, until Airbus decamp!
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 18:22
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380 wings go to Toulouse by land transport and barge...
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 18:34
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The main rationale behind the Beluga XL is its ability to carry a pair of A350 wings, whereas its predecessor could only carry one.
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 18:36
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Thanks!!
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 19:00
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Originally Posted by KelvinD View Post
I watched a live stream of the arrival at Broughton this afternoon (no doubt available on youtube). An impressive plane. The stop was impressive; stopped on a sixpence!
One assumes that even loaded with two A350 wings, it is a lot lighter that a fully laden A330 on which it is based. So presumably it would stop more easily...
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Old 20th Feb 2019, 23:44
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Originally Posted by DaveReidUK View Post
The main rationale behind the Beluga XL is its ability to carry a pair of A350 wings, whereas its predecessor could only carry one.
Thanks for the precision. Somehow thought that it was meant for the 380
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