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Old 26th Mar 2020, 11:42
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Beluga markings

Belugas are marked with a giant number 1 / 2 / 3 etc as were the Super Guppies before them. Why is Airbus the only operator that greatly values being able to identify its planes at a distance?
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Gerry Anderson did it with Thunderbirds.
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Originally Posted by c52
Belugas are marked with a giant number 1 / 2 / 3 etc as were the Super Guppies before them. Why is Airbus the only operator that greatly values being able to identify its planes at a distance?
Weren't / aren't water bombers in the US and Canada also marked with large numbers on their tails too? Conair comes to mind.
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An images search suggests that some water bombers do.
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Old 26th Mar 2020, 20:37
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In case anyone might be thinking it's too straightforward - Airbus currently operates 6 Belugas, with fleet numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 2.
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Originally Posted by DaveReidUK
In case anyone might be thinking it's too straightforward - Airbus currently operates 6 Belugas, with fleet numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 2.
The 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 are Belugas.
The "second" 2 is Beluga XL.
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Old 27th Mar 2020, 08:27
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Originally Posted by Bidule
The 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 are Belugas.
The "second" 2 is Beluga XL..
Correct.

Still doesn't explain why the XL numbering doesn't simply follow on from the original A300 Belugas.
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Originally Posted by DaveReidUK
Correct.

Still doesn't explain why the XL numbering doesn't simply follow on from the original A300 Belugas.
I would guess it is because the types are different. The Beluga is an A300 (A300B4-608ST) aircraft and the Beluga XL an A330 (A330-743L).
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Old 29th Mar 2020, 10:34
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But if you're bored in the control tower and want to shout out "Come in, No. 2, your time's up" it doesn't work if there are two #2s.
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Originally Posted by Bidule
I would guess it is because the types are different. The Beluga is an A300 (A300B4-608ST) aircraft and the Beluga XL an A330 (A330-743L).
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Sounds like somebody at Toulouse must have had a "duh" moment.
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