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Topic: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: chuchoteur
Posted 2013-09-20 06:04:52 and read 15675 times.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYiov...view&list=UUkfZz95mfqPnzquatVpDTsQ

Airbus posted a video of yesterday's formation flight with the A330, A350XWB and A380 flight test aircraft.
What do you think?

[Edited 2013-09-20 06:10:05]

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: RussianJet
Posted 2013-09-20 06:18:10 and read 15570 times.

Very nice video - thanks for sharing. The A350 grows on me every time I see it fly.

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: part147
Posted 2013-09-20 06:32:12 and read 15433 times.

The formation break was impressive...

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: Luxair
Posted 2013-09-20 06:36:56 and read 15399 times.

Thanks for sharing this awesome video  

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: bobnwa
Posted 2013-09-20 06:42:08 and read 15358 times.

I noticed on the video that crew all put parachutes on. If the aircraft did experience trouble, I doubt the crew could have safely left the aircraft.

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: solarflyer22
Posted 2013-09-20 06:43:59 and read 15353 times.

Yeah that was nice. I think they finally have a elegant plane in the 350.

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: KarelXWB
Posted 2013-09-20 06:47:13 and read 15318 times.

Quoting bobnwa (Reply 4):
I doubt the crew could have safely left the aircraft.

One of the pilots once explained that they will probably not leave the plane but rather try to (crash) land it. The parachutes and jumpsuits are more a formality to ensure the authorities.

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: bobmuc
Posted 2013-09-20 06:48:27 and read 15283 times.

Quoting bobnwa (Reply 4):
I noticed on the video that crew all put parachutes on.

Haven't seen any parachutes in this video! Are you refering to the other videos of the A350 FF?

By the way... very cool video... they even have time to do such flying with their first test aircraft!

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: hibtastic
Posted 2013-09-20 06:54:45 and read 15217 times.

Brilliant video. Quite an impressive line-up!!

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: jetblueguy22
Posted 2013-09-20 07:25:35 and read 14986 times.

Quoting bobnwa (Reply 4):
I noticed on the video that crew all put parachutes on. If the aircraft did experience trouble, I doubt the crew could have safely left the aircraft.

I'd rather have a parachute and not be able to use it than not have a parachute and wish I had one because I could use it.

Very cool video. Thank you for sharing that. Always neat to see such large aircraft in formation.
Pat

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: wingman
Posted 2013-09-20 07:28:33 and read 14953 times.

Beautiful video but it has to be said: when trotting out the 350, Airbus should leave the 330 in the shed. Rule of thumb: when you introduce your second daughter to a nice eligible bachelor, don't bring the hot older sister along.

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: Stitch
Posted 2013-09-20 07:29:23 and read 14950 times.

Quoting chuchoteur (Thread starter):
What do you think?

It puts the size of the A350-900 in perspective compared to the A330-200.

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: RussianJet
Posted 2013-09-20 07:50:21 and read 14809 times.

Quoting solarflyer22 (Reply 5):
I think they finally have a elegant plane in the 350.

You don't find the A330 or the A345/6 elegant??!

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: RDH3E
Posted 2013-09-20 08:01:53 and read 14744 times.

Quoting wingman (Reply 10):
Rule of thumb: when you introduce your second daughter to a nice eligible bachelor, don't bring the hot older sister along

Isn't the rule, when introducing your daughter to a nice eligible bachelor don't bring the hotter YOUNGER sister along?

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: francoflier
Posted 2013-09-20 08:03:05 and read 14725 times.

The A330 is still the prettiest of all 3, if I'm honest with myself. As much as I want to like the A350's look, I still prefer the A300 legacy lines...

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: EPA001
Posted 2013-09-20 08:06:46 and read 14686 times.

Quoting Stitch (Reply 11):
It puts the size of the A350-900 in perspective compared to the A330-200.

 checkmark  It does.

Quoting francoflier (Reply 14):
The A330 is still the prettiest of all 3, if I'm honest with myself. As much as I want to like the A350's look, I still prefer the A300 legacy lines...

The A330 will always be a beauty. But I like the A350 more and more every time I see it. Especially those wings and wing tips are glorious.  

[Edited 2013-09-20 08:07:33]

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: KarelXWB
Posted 2013-09-20 08:28:49 and read 14537 times.

Nothing wrong with the A330 but she looks a bit fat compared to the A350.


Swiss A330-200 by 360 Photography, on Flickr


LN9H7411 by YPspotter32, on Flickr

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: waly777
Posted 2013-09-20 09:46:07 and read 14285 times.

Quoting EPA001 (Reply 15):
But I like the A350 more and more every time I see it. Especially those wings and wing tips are glorious.

I have to agree with you, prior to this I wasn't quite a fan of the 350's nose but the comparison to the 330....i'm loving the look even more. It has smoother contours and just looks sexier.....IMO

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: Coronado
Posted 2013-09-20 10:08:01 and read 14173 times.

Quoting RDH3E (Reply 13):
Quoting wingman (Reply 10):
Rule of thumb: when you introduce your second daughter to a nice eligible bachelor, don't bring the hot older sister along

Isn't the rule, when introducing your daughter to a nice eligible bachelor don't bring the hotter YOUNGER sister along?

Delta thinks the older sister still has plenty of life left in her, plus she won't be as expensive--

Impressive line up.

I was searching for any videos of a Boeing multiple commercial aircraft lineup in formation flying.

[Edited 2013-09-20 10:19:03]

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: atcanobbio
Posted 2013-09-20 10:16:47 and read 14093 times.

awesome vid, all three look great. However, of the three, the A330 looks the best. The look of an A330 landing is just sexy lol  

I think the A350 would look epic if they made the main landing gears toe up (like the A330). Any idea why they didn't bother doing so?

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: francoflier
Posted 2013-09-20 10:24:21 and read 13994 times.

Quoting EPA001 (Reply 15):
Especially those wings and wing tips are glorious.

I don't know. I think she'll look a lot better once she's lost her ridiculous Zorro mask. (It was fun at first, but quickly grew old).

Quoting atcanobbio (Reply 19):
I think the A350 would look epic if they made the main landing gears toe up

Agreed.
Though I've heard the A330's bogey geometry make it a bit awkward to land.
Maybe an A330 driver could comment...

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: atcanobbio
Posted 2013-09-20 10:27:57 and read 13969 times.

Quoting francoflier (Reply 20):
Agreed.
Though I've heard the A330's bogey geometry make it a bit awkward to land.
Maybe an A330 driver could comment...

i've heard the reason why Boeing has them toed up on the 777 and 787 is because pilots have commented that touchdowns feel weird when the MLGs are toed down.

I was thinking maybe A didn't bother adding a mechanism since it might have led to a weight gain. who knows!

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: Mortyman
Posted 2013-09-20 10:35:51 and read 13901 times.

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 16):
Nothing wrong with the A330 but she looks a bit fat compared to the A350.

It looks the way a widebody should ... Wide and Heavy  

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: kmz
Posted 2013-09-20 10:59:57 and read 13786 times.

Quoting atcanobbio (Reply 19):
I think the A350 would look epic if they made the main landing gears toe up (like the A330).

looks good, i think. like a raptor before attacking  

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: BoeingMerica
Posted 2013-09-20 19:05:04 and read 12967 times.

Just beautiful. The 380 is the sister who never left the all you can eat buffet, disgusting. However, the other two look fantastic, even from a Boeing fanatic.

BoeingMerica

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: beakerltn
Posted 2013-09-20 23:51:38 and read 10258 times.

At about 1:15 in the video, what's coming out of the bottom of No.4 engine on the A380 as it takes off?

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: s5daw
Posted 2013-09-21 00:26:00 and read 9839 times.

Can Boeing match this trinity at all?

I mean, I love the 747, but -8 is not doing so well. In the other 2 other classes the winner is not so clear. But bundling them together, A can really make a nice fleet with easier pilot transition as compared to a mixed fleet of say A380 and 787...

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: columba
Posted 2013-09-21 00:33:30 and read 9807 times.

Nice finally to see a perspective on how big the A350 actually is in comparison with the A330.

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: AirPacific747
Posted 2013-09-21 02:22:06 and read 8272 times.

I really can't decide on the A350. From some angles it looks good, from other angles it looks very bad. I just have a feeling they could have made it look a lot better looking.

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: A380900
Posted 2013-09-21 02:44:02 and read 8026 times.

Quoting columba (Reply 27):

Nice finally to see a perspective on how big the A350 actually is in comparison with the A330.

Yes. That's what struck me. Especially when taxiing. The A350 is really a bigger airplane than the A330. It shows on the video. I wonder was that an A330-200 or 300?

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: FatmirJusufi
Posted 2013-09-21 02:53:27 and read 7847 times.

Thanks for sharing this amazing video!

Fatmir

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: SeJoWa
Posted 2013-09-21 02:55:37 and read 7839 times.

A total geek out, must see, fantastic formation flight video! Thank you for posting.   

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: delta777jet
Posted 2013-09-21 03:06:20 and read 7666 times.

its clearly a A-330-200! would love to see the A-350 next to a A-333 to see the size difference!

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: andz
Posted 2013-09-21 03:48:28 and read 7154 times.

Quoting Coronado (Reply 18):
I was searching for any videos of a Boeing multiple commercial aircraft lineup in formation flying

There's this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPETgicrXKw

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: aerdingus
Posted 2013-09-21 04:35:19 and read 6475 times.

Quoting francoflier (Reply 14):
The A330 is still the prettiest of all 3, if I'm honest with myself. As much as I want to like the A350's look, I still prefer the A300 legacy lines...

I'm the same, I think it has a much more unique look, the beautiful wings & landing gear.

I felt kind of sorry for the A380 during the take off run..."*om om Homer Simpson eating noises*...I'm coming too!"

As for the A350...meh...I'm trying to like it...I'll see how I feel when EI's come on line.

Thanks for sharing a great video  

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: GCT64
Posted 2013-09-21 06:46:25 and read 4795 times.

Quoting francoflier (Reply 14):
The A330 is still the prettiest of all 3, if I'm honest with myself. As much as I want to like the A350's look, I still prefer the A300 legacy lines...

I'm the same too - and if we are being really specific I think the A340-500 is the best looking airliner ... ever! [but that may be because I am biased towards aircraft that look like the 707   ]

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: andz
Posted 2013-09-21 09:53:54 and read 4323 times.

I hoped I would find a video online of this flypast:


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Photo © Hannes Meyer

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: KarelXWB
Posted 2013-09-21 11:15:48 and read 3987 times.

Quoting A380900 (Reply 29):
Yes. That's what struck me. Especially when taxiing. The A350 is really a bigger airplane than the A330. It shows on the video. I wonder was that an A330-200 or 300?

It's an A330-200.

They should had taken their A340-600 testbed in the air too.


msn1 20/9/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: Viscount724
Posted 2013-09-21 13:57:17 and read 3665 times.

Quoting bobnwa (Reply 4):
I noticed on the video that crew all put parachutes on. If the aircraft did experience trouble, I doubt the crew could have safely left the aircraft.

Not sure about other Airbus types, but the A380 prototype had a special escape chute built in which permitted the crew to quickly escape from the aircraft through a tube that connected to an external hatch. There are photos of it somewhere.

The Bombardier CSeries prototype also seems to have something similar. Video showing testing/training of the crew evacuation/bail out system. Also includes good views of the interior of the first aircraft with all the test equipment.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWIOQuQBKFM

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: KarelXWB
Posted 2013-09-21 14:02:36 and read 3637 times.

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 41):
Not sure about other Airbus types, but the A380 prototype had a special escape chute built in which permitted the crew to quickly escape from the aircraft through a tube that connected to an external hatch. There are photos of it somewhere.

The A350 has a similar escape hatch.

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: DUSint
Posted 2013-09-21 14:23:26 and read 3536 times.

Quoting Stitch (Reply 11):
Quoting chuchoteur (Thread starter):
What do you think?

It puts the size of the A350-900 in perspective compared to the A330-200.
Quoting columba (Reply 27):
Nice finally to see a perspective on how big the A350 actually is in comparison with the A330.
Quoting A380900 (Reply 29):
Quoting columba (Reply 27):

Nice finally to see a perspective on how big the A350 actually is in comparison with the A330.

Yes. That's what struck me. Especially when taxiing. The A350 is really a bigger airplane than the A330. It shows on the video. I wonder was that an A330-200 or 300?

Maybe it's just me - but after looking at the video again and again i am puzzled that the A359 does NOT look bigger than the A332. Even more, the 332 seems to make a more... fatty appearance.

Maybe this is a visual illusion. Much like the B788 which seems to be small because of the bigger windows.
It could be that the 359 looks lean and sleak because its engine nacelles are by far bigger in diameter than those of the 332. Also maybe because its fuselage is much longer than that of the 332.

Another example - a quite extreme one - is the comparison between an A310 and lets say the opposite an A346: Someone unfamiliar with the dimensions of those types would problably bet that the A310 is larger in diameter... Same with A318 and A321.

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: QANTASvJet
Posted 2013-09-21 15:20:45 and read 3318 times.

It's an amazing video. Loved it.

And I am really trying to like the look of the A350. Honestly. Trouble is, once you have seen the wings of the 787, the A350 seems to be 100% bus and 0% air

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: gilesdavies
Posted 2013-09-21 15:46:48 and read 3222 times.

Great video...

Does anyone else think the A350 looks a bit like an 757 when it is flying?

It just looks a very thin and long for a widebodied aircraft.

Topic: RE: Amazing Video - Airbus Test Aircraft Yesterday
Username: KarelXWB
Posted 2013-09-23 02:04:18 and read 1974 times.

Airbus released more pictures of the formation flight.

http://www.airbus.com/fileadmin/media_gallery/photogallery/big/800x600_1379690835_Airbus_Family_flight_A330_A350_XWB_A380_ground_view_2.jpg

http://www.airbus.com/fileadmin/media_gallery/photogallery/big/800x600_1379690837_Airbus_Family_flight_A330_A350_XWB_A380_ground_view_4.jpg

http://www.airbus.com/fileadmin/media_gallery/photogallery/big/800x600_1379691400_Airbus_Family_flight_A330_A350_XWB_A380_air_to_air_2.jpg

http://www.airbus.com/fileadmin/media_gallery/photogallery/big/800x600_1379691402_Airbus_Family_flight_air_to_air_A330_and_A350_XWB.jpg

http://www.airbus.com/fileadmin/media_gallery/photogallery/big/800x600_1379691403_Airbus_Family_flight_air_to_air_A350_XWB_-_A380.jpg

Check http://www.airbus.com/galleries/photo-gallery/ for the high-res versions.


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