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Airbus: A380 has a weight problem

Old 11th Jul 2004, 16:26
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Isn't that actually the non-flying ground-test specimen?

Whichever, it's one ugly looking pig. And to think that once people designed things of grace and beauty such as Concorde....
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Old 11th Jul 2004, 16:26
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It doesn't look nearly as big as I thought it would.
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Old 11th Jul 2004, 16:49
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That's what she said.........
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Old 11th Jul 2004, 16:54
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The entire airplane interior is made of materials that if breathed will kill you in a VERY short time.
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Old 11th Jul 2004, 16:59
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The entire airplane interior is made of materials that if breathed will kill you in a VERY short time.
That's kind of the way life is. O2 in, CO2 out and try to keep the chunks and other gasses out of the equation.
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Old 11th Jul 2004, 17:16
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Gotta agree with BEagle; that is one ugly whale!

First flight is 2005, right?
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Old 11th Jul 2004, 17:35
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Hope it flies better than it looks. A true accountants aeroplane!
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Old 11th Jul 2004, 18:07
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I hope the tail stays on this one.

Does it bother anyone else that it seems the only attachment to the fuse is a strip right in the middle of the vertical? Doesn't seem to bolt at the front or back.
 
Old 11th Jul 2004, 18:08
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I never did think that it was attractive - even in the artist's impressions. I suppose it might look better when it has some paint on it?
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Old 11th Jul 2004, 18:20
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Beags baby!

From the web site I lifted the links

"It's MSN 001, first flying a/c. 5000 & 5001 are the static test a/c."

So this apparently is the airframe that will lift off into the luft

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F-UGLY
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Old 11th Jul 2004, 18:45
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Skyhawk surely if the tail was attached "at the back" the effectiveness of the rudder would be slightly compromised??

It does look a bit of a pig at the moment, but I'll reserve final judgement until I see one painted with donks.
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Old 11th Jul 2004, 21:08
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Looks like a 4 engined 767 to me...
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Old 11th Jul 2004, 22:33
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Was it Red Nose Day in Toulouse?

It's screaming for a stretch if you ask me...
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Old 12th Jul 2004, 08:30
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Hadn't noticed that the upper deck windows started that aft.

Anyone got a clue about what all the upper-deck space between the copckpit and the first windows will be used for ? (clearly lower & sloping ceiling, but still some space available, I guess)
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Old 12th Jul 2004, 08:52
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Anyone got a clue about what all the upper-deck space between the copckpit and the first windows will be used for ? (clearly lower & sloping ceiling, but still some space available, I guess)
Elevator, spare crew sleeping accomodations and exercise room,
a small wine cellar for those long layovers.....and a moat to deter terror-persons.

This model looks like the "short" version. Expect an A3160 at mid-life. Vive la France!
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Old 12th Jul 2004, 19:31
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IMHO, it looks like a bratwurst with wings.
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Old 12th Jul 2004, 20:21
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Not the best looking bird on earth, but still a lot of work to be done on it.

It sounds like some of you think the tail's held on with Scotch tape. Are you mad?!

As for 747FOCAL's little diatribe (once again), I have to say that if what you say is correct, then the rules for the evac test are wrong - they don't accurately simulate the situation and therefore can not be relied upon. Maybe they won't change and maybe they will, but I'm sure in your line of work, FOCAL, such inaccuarcy could not be tolerated, could it?

Ho-hum. We'll all see, I suppose, but like it or not, the aircraft is sitting right there!
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Old 12th Jul 2004, 20:32
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I think it looks cute. And no, I am not it's mother.

Have to agree the slides would make many people nervous. I use to drop people off of cliffs on a regular basis and obivously the view from the top gave many people serious pause, even after they were trained on a much shorter drop.

Very curious to see how this works out.
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Old 12th Jul 2004, 20:52
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Angel

Once she’s got her fairings and a lick of paint I think she will look just fine.

As for the tests, I have it on very good authority that they loaded the rig up with volunteers (students at the local uni) and told them the first 10 down the slide get a £10.

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