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Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Ts-ior
Posted 2005-04-09 09:23:12 and read 21765 times.

I'm talking about the A380...i've never thought that it will be of such a prettiness  Wink


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Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: IwantaBBJ
Posted 2005-04-09 09:31:01 and read 21741 times.

Now this looks great... The beast comes to life!

Mike

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Starlionblue
Posted 2005-04-09 09:35:13 and read 21712 times.

Beautiful she is. Now only questions be if fly well she will and if overweight she is  Wink

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: AirEMS
Posted 2005-04-09 09:39:19 and read 21694 times.

From the flight deck


Captain: Hey have you seen George?

FO: Last I saw of him, he was in front of the right engine


My attempt at humor at 0137 MDT  biggrin 

Fly Safe
-Carl

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: MIAMIx707
Posted 2005-04-09 09:49:41 and read 21654 times.

Quoting Ts-ior (Thread starter):
I'm talking about the A380...i've never thought that it will be of such a prettiness

are you serious man?  rotfl 

There are better pictures than that one here already though, only angle I've seen it looks somewhat decent is a 3/4 side/rear angle. Cover the engines with your finger and it looks awfully similar to a cruise ship boat. crazy 

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Mdsh00
Posted 2005-04-09 09:51:07 and read 21641 times.

hehe...looks like the beast had some serious flatulence issues.

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Emrecan
Posted 2005-04-09 09:52:08 and read 21637 times.

I am sorry but I think A380 still looks not beautiful. Especially the nose part looks very bad.
It would be great if they've located the cockpit on the upper deck.

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: AFinMIA
Posted 2005-04-09 10:11:21 and read 21589 times.

Pretty soon she will be common place and you wont even know the difference. At least that's what I keep telling myself. Otherwise the A330 is still the best Airbus product to me  Smile

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Hawaijahaz
Posted 2005-04-09 10:38:17 and read 21512 times.

Nice...very nice.

Now I want to see all of those wheels leave the gound. THAT would be a beautiful sight.

PG

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: MauriceB
Posted 2005-04-09 10:50:31 and read 21443 times.

are you serious man?

There are better pictures than that one here already though, only angle I've seen it looks somewhat decent is a 3/4 side/rear angle. Cover the engines with your finger and it looks awfully similar to a cruise ship boat.



never heard someone bashing the 787 while i know a lot of people dislike it.... although im a boeing fan, please stop bashing the A380 everytime when there is a topic of praising the plane, its annoying. i know some of the people really dislike it but the people who don't like the 787 also not bash the plane every time...

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Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Wukka
Posted 2005-04-09 10:59:07 and read 21404 times.

The A380 is without a doubt an engineering marvel. Aesthetically, she's also a moped. Fun to ride, but don't let your friends catch you on one.

Engineering = A+
Appearance = F
Overall = C+

Yeah, yeah, I know that looks are subjective, so kill me. Ain't no way that gal is gonna' get an A on looks.

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: MD11Engineer
Posted 2005-04-09 11:06:18 and read 21379 times.

It is always a nice effect to see the preservation oil burn ou of the fuel system on first start of a new engine. Normally you should wet motor, then dry motor the engine first. Else you might get a visit by the airport fire crew....

Jan

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Shamrock350
Posted 2005-04-09 16:07:46 and read 21018 times.

Looks great as it always has in these pics. Fly, fly, fly and fly again (I hope).

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Jean Leloup
Posted 2005-04-09 16:25:03 and read 20925 times.

Interesting how close that truck seems to be to the front of Engine #3 (which is the one running in the pic.)

No, I'm not suggesting that the engine is going to suck in the truck (I'm not that dumb!), but I would have thought it might sort of disrupt smooth airflow in a test like this.

Jean Leloup

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Yyz717
Posted 2005-04-09 16:28:14 and read 20895 times.

It's ugly as hell.

I think the eventual stretched version (if there ever is one) will look more visually appealing than "Big Stubby" above.

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Planekrazy777
Posted 2005-04-09 16:49:00 and read 20602 times.

Quoting Jean Leloup (Reply 13):

looks like they were doing a airstart, you can see the hoses from truck to aircraft. once she's runnin they will back away the truck

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Jush
Posted 2005-04-09 16:56:18 and read 20475 times.

Quoting Jean Leloup (Reply 13):
Interesting how close that truck seems to be to the front of Engine #3 (which is the one running in the pic.)

No, I'm not suggesting that the engine is going to suck in the truck (I'm not that dumb!), but I would have thought it might sort of disrupt smooth airflow in a test like this.

Jean Leloup

are you sure? for me it looks like the truck is parked under the fuselage.

cheers
matt

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Jacobin777
Posted 2005-04-09 18:06:01 and read 19550 times.

how in the bloody 'ell this is called a "she".........IT is goign to be the monstrosity of the skies.....now the B747, THATS the "queen of the skies".......the monstrosity doesn't have the beauty (and maybe grace) of a 747. This thing has yet to fly and its already being exaulted........even the -900 stretch version isn't beautiful, though it looks better than this pudgy beast....

beauty.....well.........thats for the eye of the beholder...........

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: MQrampBOS
Posted 2005-04-09 18:10:52 and read 19460 times.

I don't care how it looks. It can look like a Ford Trimotor or a washing machine for all I care as long as it flies spin 

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Newark777
Posted 2005-04-09 18:11:24 and read 19452 times.

Quoting AFinMIA (Reply 7):
Pretty soon she will be common place and you wont even know the difference. At least that's what I keep telling myself. Otherwise the A330 is still the best Airbus product to me

The A380 will never rival the A330 in terms of beauty. The A330 is a graceful, beautiful plane, and the A380 is just f'ugly. The poor thing needs a nose job and a tummy tuck.  Wink

Quoting Jean Leloup (Reply 13):
Interesting how close that truck seems to be to the front of Engine #3 (which is the one running in the pic.)

The way the truck is facing, whoever is sitting in there is having a great view of the engine. I wouldn't mind sitting there, as long as I don't get sucked in.  Smile

Harry

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: YUL332LX
Posted 2005-04-09 18:17:36 and read 19351 times.

Vroom , vroom...

Not bad at all!

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Gearup
Posted 2005-04-09 18:24:12 and read 19228 times.

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 17):
how in the bloody 'ell this is called a "she".........IT is goign to be the monstrosity of the skies.....now the B747, THATS the "queen of the skies".......the monstrosity doesn't have the beauty (and maybe grace) of a 747. This thing has yet to fly and its already being exaulted........even the -900 stretch version isn't beautiful, though it looks better than this pudgy beast....

beauty.....well.........thats for the eye of the beholder...........

The 747 is the Queen of the breaker's yard and NOT the Queen of the skies anymore!

 rotfl 

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: N751PR
Posted 2005-04-09 18:25:05 and read 19208 times.

Indeed what a beautiful sight... Much better than just looking at computer graphics... Big grin

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Backfire
Posted 2005-04-09 18:25:07 and read 19212 times.

There's something quite disturbing about hearing people talk about aircraft like they want to shag them. I start imagining that they're keeping copies of Airliner World under their bed which have pages stuck together. Yuuuurk.

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Shamrock350
Posted 2005-04-09 18:33:57 and read 19050 times.

jacobin777,
I cant believe you called her a MONSTROSITY, she may not have the grace of the 747 but what does the 747 is the 747 and the A380 is the A380 both have their ups and downs. Anyway its not all about looks its if SHE is successful.

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: TPASXM787
Posted 2005-04-09 18:41:17 and read 18943 times.

U.G.L.Y.

God that thing is awful.

Backfire, that is hilarious. That would be like shagging the fat ugly girl in the bar after you have had too much to drink. I think Mark Grace referred to that as a "slumpbuster."

And, in case anyone missed my opinion...U.G.L.Y.

Now the 757, that is a beautiful aircraft. Not comparing them, just stating my opinion.

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Shamrock350
Posted 2005-04-09 18:50:32 and read 18799 times.

I dont realy like the 757 I know many love it but I prefer the 777 and 737-800 but I love the A380 (at some angles)

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: ExFATboy
Posted 2005-04-09 19:03:01 and read 18619 times.

Impressive, yes.

Beautiful? Well,not really. I don't think it's really as hideous as some people make it out to be, but it does seem to lack something. I think part of the asthetic problem is just that damn huge tail. Did Airbus ever consider having a triple-tail like a Connie's or something?

Just on an asthetic level, I tend to like the older airliners, either for their grace (Constellation) or the sense of power the lines convey (707, CV-880, DC-8, etc.) In the air, the 757 looks good, but on the ground the gangly gear makes it look awkward. (I have a love/hate relationship with the 757 - love the power, hate the damn passenger/bathroom ratio  eyebrow .)

I think the A380's nickname should be the Manatee - fat and a little ugly, but yet sort of endearing...  wink 

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Shamrock350
Posted 2005-04-09 19:10:55 and read 18480 times.

I like the A380 but every time I looki at ant pic of her I feel like I'm waiting the swelling to go down, but said that I like the stubby look!  Wink

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Midway2AirTran
Posted 2005-04-09 19:14:48 and read 18417 times.

Quoting ExFATboy (Reply 27):
I think the A380's nickname should be the Manatee - fat and a little ugly, but yet sort of endearing...

ExFATboy,
After reading that I started thinking about it...It sort of looks like a Manatee with wings!!

The A380 is quite an aircraft, even with its Manatee looks. I'm ready to see how well it actually performs! Any new rumors on when this new beast is going to fly??

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: ITA350
Posted 2005-04-09 19:33:27 and read 18159 times.

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 24):
jacobin777,
I cant believe you called her a MONSTROSITY, she may not have the grace of the 747 but what does the 747 is the 747 and the A380 is the A380 both have their ups and downs. Anyway its not all about looks its if SHE is successful.

The A380 seems fine to me ugly or beautiful, all that concerns me is if it flies or not.

First Post ! Big grin

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Jacobin777
Posted 2005-04-09 19:39:33 and read 18074 times.

Quoting Gearup (Reply 21):

The 747 is the Queen of the breaker's yard and NOT the Queen of the skies anymore!

rather childish..........."Queen" in this sense refers to elegance...this thing has NO elegance........ the 747 has withstood the test of time, has flown an aggregate of hundreds of millions of miles, tens of thousands of takeoffs and landings, and 40 years later, is still formidable to the new beast...this Monstrosity of an aircraft is being "hailed" as the "queen of the skies" and it has yet to even roll down the runway....... silly 

Quoting Backfire (Reply 23):
There's something quite disturbing about hearing people talk about aircraft like they want to shag them

lol..i was thinking of the same thing when I read some of the posts  yes 

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 24):
Anyway its not all about looks its if SHE is successful.

of course, this topic wasn't even about the viability or success of the monstrosity....if you want to put a "SHE" tag on it, maybe "Medusa" would would be an apt title..... Big grin

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 24):
jacobin777,
I cant believe you called her a MONSTROSITY,

mon·stros·i·ty
n. pl. mon·stros·i·ties

1 One that is monstrous.
2 The quality or character of being monstrous

something hideous or frightful; "they regarded the atom bomb as a monstrosity"

adj. The quality of being monstrous (see `Overgeneralization' in the
discussion of jargonification).

Source: Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary, © 2002 Merriam-Webster, Inc.
Source: WordNet ® 2.0, © 2003 Princeton University
Source: Jargon File 4.2.0

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Toni_
Posted 2005-04-09 20:33:19 and read 17369 times.

HUGE!!!

This picture drastically makes the South-African A340 on the background shrimp. (If it is a A340?...). The A380 Tail looks twice as big.

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Flybynight
Posted 2005-04-09 20:33:21 and read 17370 times.

The A380 will be a great plane, but beautiful it is not. It looks like a guppy that spent too much time with Jason Giambi.

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: CJABUK
Posted 2005-04-09 20:46:29 and read 17195 times.

For me the most beautiful thing about any aircraft is how seemingly effortlessly they fly, no matter how huge or ugly they may be. Maybe one day we can appreciate the A380 in this way.  wink 

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: RJ111
Posted 2005-04-09 20:49:55 and read 17139 times.

The all white fuselage doesn't do it justice, i find a lot of all white planes look crap.

I'm getting used to her though. She isn't the prettiest plane ever (that's the A345 or 747) but she's not offfensive to my eyes.

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: AirEMS
Posted 2005-04-09 21:08:36 and read 16871 times.

Long live the DC-10 and MD-11!!!!





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Since every one was going back and forth on which looks better the A380 or 747 I thought I would stand up for Mcdonnell Douglas since they made 2 really sweet looking aircraft  duck 



Fly Safe  spin 
-Carl

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: JrMafia90
Posted 2005-04-09 21:37:22 and read 16452 times.

I can't wait until the A380 comes out!

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Gearup
Posted 2005-04-09 21:50:51 and read 16276 times.

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 31):
rather childish..........."Queen" in this sense refers to elegance...this thing has NO elegance........ the 747 has withstood the test of time, has flown an aggregate of hundreds of millions of miles, tens of thousands of takeoffs and landings, and 40 years later, is still formidable to the new beast...this Monstrosity of an aircraft is being "hailed" as the "queen of the skies" and it has yet to even roll down the runway.......

Get a life! did'nt you see the emoticon, I am only having some fun! Some of the folks from the US side of the pond are rather hysterical about this subject!!!!!!!

 bomb 

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Lobster
Posted 2005-04-09 21:54:51 and read 16211 times.

I personally don't think that "thing" looks very good at all. Kinda ugly really.

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Tackleberry970
Posted 2005-04-09 22:27:57 and read 15810 times.

I get a good chuckle out of you nea-sayers who think Airbus will send, literally, hundreds of millions of dollar (not to mention a DECADE of time) developing the A380 and the armchair quarterbacks question their engineering continously on these forums.

I have only one question...WHAT MAKES YOU THINK IT WILL NOT FLY?

You know, the the cliche is "those that can do, those that can't teach." Well, to fit that into these forums..."those you have the know how, work in the aerospace industry, those do don't, sit and ponder silly worries at their computer screens."

No offense meant. I'm sure she'll fly just as well as every other airplane out there. And she'll do so as gracefully as the 747, A340 and the DC-3.

tac.

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Leelaw
Posted 2005-04-09 22:35:00 and read 15698 times.

IMO, WhaleJet is the perfect monicker for the A388, it's perfectly descriptive without being patently derisive.

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: AirxLiban
Posted 2005-04-09 22:38:09 and read 15640 times.

I think it looks pretty good, though not Airbus' typically gracefulness. I am just excited for aviation this year...we have the 772LR and the A380 to talk about!

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Solnabo
Posted 2005-04-09 22:38:11 and read 15639 times.

99 % inhere are yanks hating this absolutely beauty! Shame on ya! *lol*

Its called jelousy...

Micke//SE  wave 

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Amy
Posted 2005-04-09 23:17:29 and read 15163 times.

It's not an attractive aircraft IMO and I live in Bristol, near Filton where they make the wings!

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Braybuddy
Posted 2005-04-09 23:29:09 and read 15013 times.

Some people are still getting worked-up over the A380. GET OVER IT GUYS!!!!!
It's gonna be here for a long, long time.

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: MD11dude
Posted 2005-04-09 23:46:44 and read 14797 times.

way to go Carl!
Although I have no problem with the A380(which is totally awesome) grace and all that goes to the MD-11 for me...

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Steve6666
Posted 2005-04-09 23:46:45 and read 14797 times.

I seem to remember in a poll last year the MD-11, which economically was pretty disastrous for McDonnell (and arguably the pax airlines which flex it), beat the T7, which is clearly economically highly successful for Boeing and the airlines which fly it, hands down in a "beauty contest".

There is therefore no correlation between success and aesthetics, and no inferences should be drawn on one's view of the A380's success based on an opinion on its aesthetics. It is a reasonable position to believe it will be a success for Airbus whilst also believing it is hideously ugly.

I believe it will be successful for Airbus. I believe it is hideous. I will fly it once, but then pay to avoid it because I do not want to be stuck in the air with 550+ other people. My mother works for BAe, who own 20% of Airbus or something like that.

Go figure. Get over it.

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Jafa39
Posted 2005-04-09 23:47:28 and read 14788 times.

I think the A380 bashers are missing the point here, this is a significant event in aviation history, if it looked like a 777 or a A340 you'd all be going

"D'uh, this looks boring, woulda thought Airbus would have shown some initiative or innovation"

We now have a new plane to spot, one that can't be mistaken for anything else and that is soooo cool! That pic of the engine starting just blew me away, IT'S FINALLY HAPPENING!!!!!!!!!!!

Suck it up and enjoy yourselves for once, after this I shall be getting all excited about the first 787 pics. Vive La Differance!!! (sorry if my French is crap!!)

XXXXX

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Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: VS74741R
Posted 2005-04-09 23:56:36 and read 14684 times.

Quoting AirEMS (Reply 36):
Long live the DC-10 and MD-11!!!!

Since every one was going back and forth on which looks better the A380 or 747 I thought I would stand up for Mcdonnell Douglas since they made 2 really sweet looking aircraft


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Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Philaboy
Posted 2005-04-10 00:03:00 and read 14624 times.

impressive yes. But pretty? Well thats debatable, lets just say nice looking.

To me, as long as it flies, gets me from City "A" to City "B"

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Propulsion
Posted 2005-04-10 00:19:29 and read 14454 times.

1.) The A380 is rather ugly, especially at the front end.  bitelip 

2.) The A380 is still growing on people, albeit very slowly  tongue 

3.) All-over white is defintely not the A380's colour  yes 

4.) The nose is truly terrible. I agree an upper deck flight deck would have been a much better design.  mad 

5.) The DC-10, MD-11, 777, 747 & 757 will always be better looking.  snooty 

6.) Let's see what she looks like in Korean Air livery  idea   crossfingers 

Propulsion  thumbsup  veryhappy 

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Nomad
Posted 2005-04-10 00:33:11 and read 14265 times.

Well I think she's something very special indeed a real beauty in my eyes and I am very proud of Airbuses Flagship. Nice to think the UK made those sexy wings and those powerful engines. I used to look at her differently though, during construction, she wasn't very glamorous at all, in fact I wondered at one point what exactly was being constructed. She looked her worst prior to the engines being installed and with that red nose and green bodywork. However, slap on the makeup just like my wife and Wow, I quite fancy her ! Seriously though, I think once we see her in other airlines schemes she will look sensational. So I guess she's not Catherine Zeta Jones , more a Dolly Parton, but I just love her ! Well done Airbus !
I think the B747SP is a real monstrosity over the A380 any day.
Nomad  Cool

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: CURLYHEADBOY
Posted 2005-04-10 00:41:04 and read 14168 times.

Here I ask something that has probably been answered a thousand times... oh, well... Anyway: why the smoke? I know you always get something like that when you run a new engine, I suppose there is something left in the manufacturing process that just burns off... But, what exactly is it?

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Pilottj
Posted 2005-04-10 01:22:03 and read 13781 times.

Well there are quite a few sucessful ugly airplanes out there as well as beautiful ones. Take the PC-6 Porter or DeHavilland Beaver. They have the sex appeal of a dirty old pickup truck however they are exremely useful and are beautiful to those who fly them. I agree the A380 is not the best looking but the name of the game is profit not what plane will get you chicks. And far be it from me to ask, but how the hell would A.netters know what picks up chicks, I think our hobbists as a whole rank just above Trekkies and Train Buffs in the scoring department. Regarding the flight deck location, I imagine it would be a helluva lot easier to land and taxi with the cockpit on the lower deck rather than the upper deck.
Cheers
TJ

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Nomad
Posted 2005-04-10 02:40:02 and read 13161 times.

Check this out !
The first shot of the A380 under its own power all 4 engines moving on the runway !
Nomad  cool 

http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=322031

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Nomad
Posted 2005-04-10 02:49:41 and read 13034 times.

Here's some more new shots :
http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=321061
http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=321655
http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=321607
http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=321059
http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=321462
http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=321430

On the last one the height of the fin is aweinspiring !!!!
Nomad  Cool

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Leelaw
Posted 2005-04-10 02:51:29 and read 13014 times.

Those "Bilder Knaben" don't pussy-foot around when it comes to interesting pics!

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Propulsion
Posted 2005-04-10 03:31:05 and read 12685 times.

That tail is very impressive indeed. The SUVs look tiny in comparison!!!

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Braybuddy
Posted 2005-04-10 04:29:15 and read 12207 times.

The first time I saw a Connie I thought it was the weirdest looking aircraft. I think any aviation enthusiast would agree that it is one of the most amazing and classiest looking airliners in history. A timeless classic with so much indiviuality there is nothing quite like it.
The A380 looked strange in the beginning, but I reckon it's a real grower and, while it doesn't have the individuality of the Connie, it is unique. I'm SO glad Airbus went for this design

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Mig21UMD
Posted 2005-04-10 04:53:20 and read 12003 times.

What is going on in this pcture with all the smoke?

Does anybody know?

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Falcon84
Posted 2005-04-10 04:55:16 and read 11982 times.

Sorry, but it still looks ugly to me.  Smile

Although I'd love to fly it someday, just to say I did. But since I never even was able to fly a 747, I doubt I'll ever get to be on an A380.  Sad

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Frugalqxnwa
Posted 2005-04-10 05:31:38 and read 11685 times.

Beautiful she is not. Fly she will. Overweight she might be. Overweight or not, whale she is.

The A380 will never have the elegance of the 747. It may turn out to be more efficient, it may (and probably will) turn out to be a technically superb airliners, but it will never have the elegance of the original jumbo.

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: AerorobNZ
Posted 2005-04-10 05:40:48 and read 11612 times.

That's the best photo of the A380 so far. It shows the A380 off in it's entirity well, without being an Arty-farty shot. Awesome in the true sense of the word.

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Braybuddy
Posted 2005-04-10 05:55:20 and read 11522 times.

I cannot see how people get excited about the A330 and B777: to me they are, along with all the other Airbus and Boeing twins, among the most BORING looking aircraft. YAWN!!!!! Give me the TriStar (probably IMHO the most beautiful looking airliner), the VC10, the TU-154, Concorde, B747 and now the A380, anyday!

[Edited 2005-04-10 06:09:07]

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Douglas7Seas
Posted 2005-04-10 06:35:50 and read 11239 times.

In my opinion Airbus makes the least attractive airliner around; the A380. I mean, it is short (relatively speaking), fat and just plain ugly.

In my opinion, Airbus makes the most beautiful plane in the skies today, the A340. To watch the airliner decend from a mixture of clouds and sunlight into Seattle-Tacoma is like watching an angel decend from heaven.

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Lemurs
Posted 2005-04-10 06:41:34 and read 11197 times.

Quoting Frugalqxnwa (Reply 62):
Beautiful she is not. Fly she will. Overweight she might be. Overweight or not, whale she is.

I've spent many a sleepless night wondering what Yoda would think about the A380. Now I know. The force is strong with Airbus.  laughing 

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Kerberos
Posted 2005-04-10 08:20:10 and read 10616 times.

Wow... a new contender for the B-52 nickname "BUFF"

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: BlackKnight
Posted 2005-04-10 08:34:54 and read 10531 times.

Quoting Gearup (Reply 21):
The 747 is the Queen of the breaker's yard and NOT the Queen of the skies anymore!

Are you talking male or female queen? Because the A380 looks more like a King (Big, fat, round, and the a ire of power)(Also doesn't move much while commanding a lot of attention) My history books show Queens or prospective Queens like Princess Diana to be sleek, and having the right curves.

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Iwok
Posted 2005-04-10 10:22:32 and read 10207 times.

The best views are all from the rear.. You know song by Queen "Fat Bottom Girls, you make the rocking world go round..."  bigthumbsup 

The front view makes the plane look like Homer Simpson.

It is really amazing how big the tail is. Also, in these latest shots, the wheels don't look so puny anymore.

The wingspan is astounding (not one of the pictures includes the whole wing span.)

-iwok

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: PM
Posted 2005-04-10 10:43:36 and read 10150 times.

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 28):
I like the A380 but every time I look at a pic of her I feel like I'm waiting the swelling to go down

I assume we're back to Reply 23... Wink

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Duke
Posted 2005-04-10 12:40:04 and read 10044 times.

Okay, so she's not a Spitfire, or an A330, or Concorde, or, dare I say it, the MD-11  Smile Big grin but for a double-decker, I find her rather, uh, purdy. Especially when one compares her to the stretched upper deck 747 models, which to me are too squarish. This is one I'm looking forward to.

BTW. when the first metal boat was built, I think people thought it'd never float. Face it guys, this baby's gonna FLY.  Wink

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: BlooBirdie
Posted 2005-04-10 12:47:16 and read 10032 times.

Quoting BlackKnight (Reply 68):
My history books show Queens or prospective Queens like Princess Diana to be sleek

So the A380 is the Camilla of the Skies?

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: ZKSUJ
Posted 2005-04-10 13:10:19 and read 9997 times.

Looks quite nice, much better than the picture

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Boeing Nut
Posted 2005-04-10 16:45:31 and read 9850 times.

Quoting Gearup (Reply 21):
The 747 is the Queen of the breaker's yard and NOT the Queen of the skies anymore!

I got news for ya bud, the 747 will be the Queen of the Skies for a very long time to come. In my eyes, the A380 has the title of King of the Skies. Bigger, bulkier, not nearly as graceful.

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Nomad
Posted 2005-04-10 22:22:14 and read 9590 times.

Hi Guy's not sure if you saw this shot of her, fantastic wings ! No way is she Ugly, she's sensational
http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=322104
Nomad  Cool

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Braybuddy
Posted 2005-04-10 22:30:32 and read 9553 times.

Quoting Nomad (Reply 75):
Hi Guy's not sure if you saw this shot of her, fantastic wings ! No way is she Ugly, she's sensational

I can understand people not being used to the low cockpit and finding it strange, but I reckon we'll get used to it pretty quickly, but Nomad is right here: I can't think of any airliner with the grace of those wings. Maybe I'm a freak, but I actually like the short fuselage and think the proposed -900 version makes it look more mundane.

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Skidmarks
Posted 2005-04-10 22:40:04 and read 9506 times.

Wukka, I'm with you mate. That thing just don't look right. Sorta squat and fat. The kind of woman you avoid in a disco in case you can't get rid of her.

Still, I dare say we'll all get used to her when she starts to waddle around the sky.

Just dont ask me to take her to bed Big grin

Andy  old 

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Braybuddy
Posted 2005-04-10 22:44:48 and read 9487 times.

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 77):
The kind of woman you avoid in a disco in case you can't get rid of her.

Think of it as male and on steroids!

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Nomad
Posted 2005-04-10 23:16:13 and read 9428 times.

For ch..st sake Guy's, she's a double Decker and a brand new concept. What would make you happy, a wider tube with the same straight lines of a 777 perhaps (Boring) ??? C'mon now the shape really isn't as bad as some of you make out !

This aircraft is a work of art and stands in a class of its own, some of your criticisms are just pathetic and largely humiliating. Strange that most of these come from our North Atlantic members, isn't it !

I believe that the airplane will be a winner, and I think some of you who call yourselves aviation enthusiasts had better grow up and get used to having her around for a long time to come !

Nomad  Cool

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: KDTWFlyer
Posted 2005-04-10 23:20:37 and read 9413 times.

The A380 seems to have rather large dihedral(correct word??) for the wings...

http://ww2.planepictures.net/32/14/1112977441.jpg

It will be cool to see the A380 wing flex at MTOW.

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Wdleiser
Posted 2005-04-10 23:23:56 and read 9404 times.

I think airbus did their homework and kept the flightdeck on the bottom for a reason. I don't think they give a rats ass about how us A.netters think about the looks of an aircraft but rather the performance of their aircraft

Topic: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Byrdluvs747
Posted 2005-04-11 00:58:55 and read 9305 times.

http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=321430

Reminds me of certain cranium birth defects. Only a mother can love this monstrocity. Graceful is not the word to use on this aircraft. I have to seriously wonder about those who call it sexy.

Topic: RE: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: ExFATboy
Posted 2005-04-11 03:51:52 and read 9146 times.

Quoting BlooBirdie (Reply 72):
So the A380 is the Camilla of the Skies?

BWAHAHAHA!

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 64):
Give me the TriStar (probably IMHO the most beautiful looking airliner),

Agreed...much more stylish than the DC-10 (it's just those sexay lines around the centre engine!)  stirthepot 

Topic: RE: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: ORDagent
Posted 2005-04-11 04:55:55 and read 9033 times.

Quoting Backfire (Reply 23):
There's something quite disturbing about hearing people talk about aircraft like they want to shag them. I start imagining that they're keeping copies of Airliner World under their bed which have pages stuck together. Yuuuurk.

THANK YOU! I haven't laughed that hard in a long time!

Topic: RE: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Daedaeg
Posted 2005-04-11 05:10:28 and read 8997 times.

Aesthetically speaking, as been said it will probably take time for people to appreciate it. I'm sure if you see it in person, one would be so mesmerized by the shear size that they'd forget about its outer appearance.

Topic: RE: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Starrion
Posted 2005-04-11 05:16:25 and read 8983 times.

The A380 does sort of look like someone driving an office building around the taxiway with some wings stuck on, but i'll bet she fly just fine.

And I'll bet next year A.netters will be thrilled to fly on it.

Topic: RE: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Manu
Posted 2005-04-11 15:03:03 and read 8769 times.

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 48):
A380 bashers are missing the point here, this is a significant event in aviation history, if it looked like a 777 or a A340 you'd all be going "D'uh, this looks boring

Excellent point Jafa39! Most people complain for the sake of complaining, and this is an excellent topic to do it obviously!

The A380 will bring into new concepts and thinking in commercial aviation. Despite that it looks like an Airbus A318 and an Antonov An-225 mated and this is its offspring, I think it'll prove the test of time just like the 747 did.

Airbus raised the bar with fly by wire technologies and less expensive products, which has made Boeing become more innovative and thoughtful in their product development. Competition is good for both manufacturers and for us! I look forward to seeing the 787 and the A380 both fly and succeed!

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[Edited 2005-04-11 15:08:28]

Topic: RE: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Amy
Posted 2005-04-11 15:17:28 and read 8692 times.

RE: picture posted by KDTW flyer

now THAT's an ass!

On a more serious note: It'll be quite awesome to watch such a huge bird take to the skies! Looking forward to seeing the vids of that one!

Topic: RE: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: NA
Posted 2005-04-11 15:19:53 and read 8670 times.

Mightier than the 747, more beautiful than a 773 (ok, thats easy  Wink), and less heavy than the Queen Mary. Man, this thing grows on me.

Topic: RE: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Tackleberry970
Posted 2005-04-12 02:43:44 and read 8235 times.

Quoting Frugalqxnwa (Reply 62):
but it will never have the elegance of the original jumbo.

I don't think Airbus is using that as a design consideration. The 747 is what she is. The A380 is what she is. Both have/will meet the market they were created to serve.

Airlines don't purchase airframes based on their aesthetic value...but their commercial value. And if Airbus hasn't fudged the numbers and truly delivers what they promise, the airlines will be very happy with their operation of the "great white whale, big ugly, etc." Its the green that they care about.

As you said at the beginning of your post, "Beautiful she is not. Fly she will." I'll add to that "great seat per mile costs, exceptional revenue potential, and so on.

There is a part of me that says to the airline executives, name your planes...Moby, Jimmy Duranti, and so on. Take the negative people and make fun of their complaints about the A380s appearance.

tac.

Topic: RE: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Aloha717200
Posted 2005-04-12 10:16:20 and read 7967 times.

The A380 is actually growing on me. The nose is still one of the ugliest noses for a jetliner that I've ever seen. But as for the rest of the plane, it's slowly looking better. Although, the thing is downright frightening to look at from directly behind, or directly in front. It only looks good from the side. That rear pic with all those cars following, really doesn't do the A380 any favors in the looks department from behind.


I really want to fly on this thing. And I want to sit on the upper deck, right where the tail joins the fuselage.

I've always wanted to see a double-decker jet with a full upper deck. Now we finally have one, and I'll sit happily at the back of the upper cabin, enjoying my first A380 flight when that day comes.


Too bad it can't get a facelift though... 


And yes, it's a Manatee. That's a perfect way of describing the nose of this plane. I love the tail though, the tail and full upper deck are what redeem this aircraft for me.

I'm almost disappointed that the 747A isn't a direct competitor. I want to see a 747 with full upper deck.  

[Edited 2005-04-12 10:25:39]

Topic: RE: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Astuteman
Posted 2005-04-12 10:35:17 and read 7918 times.

Quoting Amy (Reply 44):
It's not an attractive aircraft IMO and I live in Bristol, near Filton where they make the wings!

Sorry, Amy - couldn't resist. The WINGS are made in Broughton, just to the west of Chester, in good old Welsh Wales.

Don't worry, I've been in Filton many times (my handle might tell you why....) and know that Filton is just as instrumental to the wings as Broughton is. However, technically speaking..

Quoting KDTWFlyer (Reply 80):
The A380 seems to have rather large dihedral(correct word??) for the wings

It is very obvious, isn't it. Making room for engines? If so, why does 777 have less dihedral?

Topic: RE: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: StealthZ
Posted 2005-04-12 11:16:19 and read 7838 times.

I am not convinced she will go down in history as a great beauty... forehead is a little high!!!

She does have the most gorgeous wings!!!

http://membres.lycos.fr/airbus/380_ruc.jpg

Rgds

Chris

Topic: RE: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Frugalqxnwa
Posted 2005-04-12 14:03:59 and read 7583 times.

Tackleberry,

This thread is all about the aesthetics of the A380, so that is what Yoda commented on. I agree that airlines are finding the A380 to have a good business case with excellent economics, but it still looks like it needs to go on a diet.

Lemurs,

Thanks for the honor of Yoda! BTW, he says "hi."

Topic: RE: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Vatveng
Posted 2005-04-12 15:32:53 and read 7395 times.

Go back up to reply #80 and click on the picture to see it full-size. Now look at it again for a minute and then tell me:

Doesn't it look like a rear view of a naked fat guy kneeling?  sour 

From behind is DEFINITELY not the best angle to photograph the A380.

Topic: RE: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: MIAMIx707
Posted 2005-04-12 23:23:35 and read 7103 times.

Quoting MauriceB (Reply 9):
never heard someone bashing the 787 while i know a lot of people dislike it.... although im a boeing fan, please stop bashing the A380 everytime when there is a topic of praising the plane, its annoying. i know some of the people really dislike it but the people who don't like the 787 also not bash the plane every time...

Buddy you can bash the 787 all you want, I could care less if Moe, Larry or Lolita dislike it. I only said my opinion to balance out the obviously exaggerated topic, by an obviously drunk individual  spit 

-

Quoting Wukka (Reply 10):
Appearance = F



Quoting Newark777 (Reply 19):
the A380 is just f'ugly. The poor thing needs a nose job and a tummy tuck.



Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 17):
how in the bloody 'ell this is called a "she".........IT is goign to be the monstrosity of the skies.....now the B747, THATS the "queen of the skies".......



Quoting Yyz717 (Reply 14):
It's ugly as hell.



Quoting Backfire (Reply 23):
There's something quite disturbing about hearing people talk about aircraft like they want to shag them. I start imagining that they're keeping copies of Airliner World under their bed which have pages stuck together. Yuuuurk.

..you sound like you talk from experience  yes 

Quoting TPASXM787 (Reply 25):
Backfire, that is hilarious. That would be like shagging the fat ugly girl in the bar after you have had too much to drink. I think Mark Grace referred to that as a "slumpbuster."



Quoting ExFATboy (Reply 27):
I think the A380's nickname should be the Manatee - fat and a little ugly, but yet sort of endearing... wink

I would go for its synonym, a sea cow

Quoting Pilottj (Reply 54):
I think our hobbists as a whole rank just above Trekkies and Train Buffs in the scoring department.

now let's not generalize, I consider myself a chick magnet

Quoting Frugalqxnwa (Reply 62):
Beautiful she is not. Fly she will. Overweight she might be. Overweight or not, whale she is.



Quoting Iwok (Reply 69):
The front view makes the plane look like Homer Simpson



Quoting Amy (Reply 88):
now THAT's an ass!

.

..well at least the A380 brings out the artsy, poetic side in peeps  eyebrow   Wink

Topic: RE: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: COAMiG29
Posted 2005-04-12 23:50:09 and read 7054 times.

The a-380 looks better than i thought it would. im still a 747 fan and i love the dc-10/mf-11 and L-1011 but even though the exteriro of the a380 isent the best i still cant wait to get inside one itll be great

Topic: RE: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Newark777
Posted 2005-04-13 00:24:27 and read 6979 times.

Quoting COAMiG29 (Reply 97):
i still cant wait to get inside one itll be great

And the sexual innuendo continues...  Wink

Harry

Topic: RE: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Aerofan
Posted 2005-04-13 00:33:23 and read 6960 times.

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, oft said.

The A380 is ugly, no let me rephrase that. it is bugly. But then again so is the 757. Now if you wanna see beauty check the 747 and the 777

Topic: RE: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: COAMiG29
Posted 2005-04-13 01:22:55 and read 6880 times.

Quoting Newark777 (Reply 98):
Quoting COAMiG29 (Reply 97):
i still cant wait to get inside one itll be great

And the sexual innuendo continues...

Harry

no not sexually but the inside will be very nice as in ife and seats and whatever other things the airline puts in like duty free shops and so on

Topic: RE: Finally...Beautiful She Is! (Airbus A 380)
Username: Hockey55dude
Posted 2005-04-13 02:04:31 and read 6839 times.

That Beast of an airplane is going to look great when it flies! swirl 


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