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New A380 Fuselage, Nose & Landing Gear Photos  
User currently offlineAnts From New Zealand, joined Feb 2004, 119 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 43207 times:

Hi,

Yesterday I came across some new photos of various sections of the A380 on the Airbus webpage. They are similar to three photos of the fuselage that showed up on this site last month that were quite spectacular. The photos are impressive just because of the share size of the sections. First time I've seen a proper photo of the nose as well. What do you think?

They're quite large, and can take a while to load so I'll simply paste the URL's.

1) The nose

2) The central fuselage

3) The central fuselage outside

4) The front section

5) The front section again

6) The front section being lowered down

By the way, Airbus seems to have made unavailable a photo of the landing gears, so although I have downloaded it myself, I don't know how I could link it here for you all to see. Any suggestions on how I could make it available? Anyway, if any one wants to see it, let me know your e-mail address and I'll send you it.



[Edited 2004-02-07 02:01:06]

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User currently offlineNudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 42760 times:

Holy cow, this thing is pretty big...seing it "real" and not on computer graphics...

anyone can tell, which weight this beast will have? MTOW?



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User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 42718 times:

Has the fuselage been assembled? Have the sections been put together?



User currently offlineMark_D. From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 1447 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 42570 times:

Thanks for the these pic links  Big thumbs up

That's one big plane --even the wingbox looks huge. And kind of interesting how the main deck windows are ever-so-slightly angled downwards too, just because of where they lie on the bottom half of the fuselage cross sections.


User currently offlineMakeMinesLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 566 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 42546 times:

I'm trying to imagine a passenger's perspective from the inside. The upper deck windows are on the verge of being skylights. Those on the lower deck are canted downward slightly - that might provide an interesting view.

I'm curious to see how the trapezoidal upper deck is outfitted. I'm sure most PAX have a nearly rectangular cross section in mind as the norm.


User currently offlineMark_D. From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 1447 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 42506 times:

DLKAPA
Has the fuselage been assembled? Have the sections been put together?


I guess it's only one or two months away now at most, if they want to get first flight in before the end of the year.


User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4512 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 42498 times:

It is indeed bigger than I expected it to be. Is this thing really going to fly by April 2004? Thats only two months away...


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User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 852 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 42417 times:

Geeee, whatta beast!!!
U sure it isn´t a Carnivalcruiser? *lol*
 Big thumbs up

Michael//SE
*great shots*



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User currently offlineTrnsWrld From United States of America, joined May 1999, 931 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 42394 times:

I wouldnt mind seeing a picture of the landing gear.
JTS90SC@Comcast.net

Thanks


User currently offlineKLM777 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 372 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 42367 times:

Thanks for the picture links Ants! And welcome to A.net by the way!

Nudelhirsch: the MTOW is 560.000 kg , typical operating weight empty is 280.700 kg.

Kind regards,

Jeroen

[Edited 2004-02-07 02:41:17]


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User currently offlineRG828 From Brazil, joined Jan 2004, 582 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 42329 times:
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That nose sure looks hideous, I thought they would change it from the conceptual drawings. Too 'droopy."
Otherwise its quite large, scary to tell you the truth!



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User currently offlineNudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 42299 times:

thx for the MTOW...it's incredible!

But also, man, Ants, thank You so much for linking! Awesome to se new pix of this tube!

Which engines will this thing have, to move these 560 tons???

Even 4 Trent seem to be too small as they're choice for the small 345/346...560 tons...geeee....

[Edited 2004-02-07 02:46:46]


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User currently offlineEspion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 42237 times:

I was on the airbus site-how long until the mid section/cockpit are joined togeather? I cant believe its acutally being built. The bar has been raised again. Just whats next?a THIRD deck?


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User currently offlineCwapilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1166 posts, RR: 17
Reply 13, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 42172 times:

Refresh my memory...who gets the first one? Will it be this one, or will this one remain in-house?



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User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 42094 times:

that nose section makes it look hungry. could you email me the picture of the landing gear?


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User currently offlineOlympic A-340 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 780 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 42029 times:

The second I saw the nose section, it reminded me of those fake planes that they use for airplane's such as Airplane and such like that. Almost looks like a poorly engineered child's toy from that perspective. HUGE AIRPLANE though!

User currently offlineEspion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 41971 times:

Theres a question running through my mind-what do 8 emergency slides look like on one side of the A380?

My god! were building a monster! I cant wait to fly on this thing Big grin Altho it helps if the A380 would somehow fly to IAD.



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User currently offlineBrons2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3013 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 41884 times:

I hope this one fares better than that last Titanic thingy they put together over there in Europe.


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User currently offlineB6A320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 41847 times:

I would hate to be the one to slide down the top deck chutes!!! What a slide!!


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User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2032 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 41702 times:
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That thing is HUGE!

It almost looks to big to be able to fly, I'll hold my comments until I see that.  Big thumbs up



User currently offlineTheFLCowboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 405 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 41694 times:

UGLY NOSE!!!!

Id like to see the gears if you wouldnt mind e-mailing it to me too.

MD



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User currently offlineAkumas From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 434 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 41683 times:

Its really hard to put in perspective on how big it will be.

Scaling, it looks absolutely massive.


User currently offlineFuffla From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 41654 times:

Thanks for the pictures! That plane is bloody huge. I can't wait till QANTAS gets theirs so I can fly on one! Who is getting the first one? Could you please e-mail me the photo of the nose gear.

User currently offlineAC345 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 41475 times:

Thank you for the pictures. It looks amazing and huge, hard to believe it will fly soon.

Fuffla, I think SQ is the launch customer.


User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 41276 times:

3 things i thought about that...

#1. its BIG
#2. that was the uglyest nose i've seen all week
#3. I'll give em $5 if they let me sit on the upper deck and take the slide down...



CanadianNorth



What could possibly go wrong?
25 Post contains images Kalakaua : Eeek. That nose section reminds me of something... Oh yeah...
26 Post contains images Thrust : I'm astounded by the distance between now and the A380's gigantic appearance in the air! That will be the day much sooner than I realized HUGE aircraf
27 TransSwede : SQ and EK will be getting their first A380 at about the same time.
28 Post contains images Scbriml : Is this thing really going to fly by April 2004? Thats only two months away... No! I think first flight is scheduled for late 2004/early 2005. Airbus
29 AASilverbird : Ants, Thanks for posting links to the photos. All I can say is WOW! I would really like to see the landing gear photo...so if not too much trouble, pl
30 Scbriml : I would hate to be the one to slide down the top deck chutes!!! What a slide!! Well I assume it's not very different from the evacuation slide from th
31 RG828 : Kalakaua, My God, you are so right! I can already see that nose singing away.... Anyway, I once saw a CG shot of an A3XX with a nose that looked like
32 Post contains images Thrust : The A380 can be compared to one of the full-double decker 747 designs Boeing considered when it was beginning the 747 project with Pan Am, except it w
33 MD-90 : I think that emergency slide picture is REALLY impressive. Now imagine what it would be like when the nosegear and right main landing gear collapse, t
34 Post contains images MTChemNerd757 : brons2 - hilarious! i agree!
35 TransSwede : Thrust, The A380 will be a 22-wheeler.
36 Post contains images A3xx900 : Man, I'm getting anxious! Hm, if I started pilot training now, I could be one of the first pilots to fly it!
37 Post contains images FlyCaledonian : For some reason that nose section picture, without the cone, reminded me of Darth Vader! Mind you, the way some people go on about Airbus on here they
38 Post contains images Thrust : My gosh, the A380 will be a 22 wheeler! Wonder how many wheels on each bogey. How many undercarriage legs is it supposed to have?
39 Post contains images N243NW : Thrust, the landing gear will consist of two nosewheels (one strut) and four maingear bogies, not unlike the 747. The only difference is an extra axle
40 Ka : And for further increased gross weight versions and I believe even the freighter version already (which will have a MTOW of 590t) the A380 will have a
41 Post contains images Klaus : Ka: And for further increased gross weight versions and I believe even the freighter version already (which will have a MTOW of 590t) the A380 will ha
42 Ka : Klaus: It is no joke. Better check FlightInternational 20-26 May 2003 Supplement page XII and XX. But I have to admit that it will not be used for the
43 Klaus : Hmmm.. that´s the first time I´ve heard of it. Is that information based on any official source or is it just conjecture on the part of the journali
44 Ka : I for my part very much respect FlightInternational. I don´t think they make things like that up, especially not when showing detailed drawings (as i
45 Klaus : I don´t claim to have better information. A fifth MLG leg was just never mentioned in any of the publicized information I´ve seen. But having the op
46 Ka : No new word on the -900. Airbus will wait and see what the market demands. But the design of the A380 is definetly geared to have all options open for
47 Ryan h : Looking at the photos this aircraft is going to be very big. It will be interesting to see one take off in hot and high conditions at max MTOW
48 KaiGywer : On the freigher version of the 380, will there be two floors? Or will there be one floor over OVERsize cargo?
49 QantasA332 : For those of you who asked about various A380 specifications, the following are various figures for A380-800 (the main pax version, as you know)... Op
50 Ants : KaiGywer, I believe the A380f will store cargo on all three levels. [Edited 2004-02-08 08:31:12]
51 Post contains images Hirisk : god that sucker is HUGE!i think it would be fun to go down the slides .i just might have to bite the bullet and go to paris airshow to see this monste
52 Post contains links L-188 : That is one hell of a cranial ridge there. http://www.airbus.com/A380/Images/mme/748.JPG
53 Post contains images Ants : To help put those photos in perspective, look at the colour sections in this diagram. The blue, yellow and orange are respectively the central, front
54 Post contains images Brunswick737 : lolz THAT THING IS HUGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CANT WAIT TO SEE IT FLY!!!!!!!!
55 Chicago757 : Is it me....or do the wings look too close to the front? I dont know about this thing!
56 Post contains images PHXMKEflyer : the nose looks like a huge gas-mask
57 Flyboy80 : Is it's Fan diameter larger than 777??? I don't think so, but figured I'd check
58 Ants : I think the fan diamater for the GP7270 engine for the A380 is 116 inches, whereas the GE-90-115B engine for the 777-300ER and 777-200LR is a whopping
59 Post contains images N754pr : With four engines I don't think they need something as big as the GE-90...... well not before the A389 comes along
60 Post contains images StevenUhl777 : Yesterday afternoon I got to see the first ever 747 at BFI...flew for the first time 35 years ago, Feb. 9th, 1969. After seeing the pictures of this l
61 CanadianPilot : StevenUhl777 Amen to that.
62 Hmmmm... : It must be just me, but I am disappointed at how modest the thing looks. I was expecting this plane to look significantly bigger than a 747 - like a 7
63 Jumbojet : Impressive, but not as graceful looking as the Boeing 747
64 Dc10guy : Jesus tap dancing Christ !!! That thing really is going to fly !!! I only have to wait 4 more years to see ours ..... (Fedex)
65 Bobs89irocz : That thing is HUGE.....its going to be MUCH larger then the 747....probably like a 772 next to a 762. Either way i will not go out of my way to fly th
66 N754pr : Sorry guys but the queen of the skies is about to lose her crown.
67 MD-90 : Obviously I can't count, I meant 22 wheels, not 24. Now you see why I quit engineering and started on a landscape architecture degree!
68 Udo : Just one word: IMPRESSIVE! I can't wait to see it fly...and I'm planning to book one of the first flights on it...no matter if EK or SIA. Only two mor
69 Dc10guy : As a mechanic I wonder about things like ... How would you do a gear swing on that thing, and at what hanger will it fit in ... Same questions they as
70 N754pr : Dc10guy, Correct, the same question they asked before the 747 arrived. Thats why I wish some people would give it a rest with the "It will never fly",
71 ANA : Here are the orders so far Air France 10 Emirates 43 Federal Express 10 Intl Lease Finance Corp 10 Korean Air Lines 5 Lufthansa 15 Penerbangan Malaysi
72 Ruscoe : For those wanting to see a picture of the nose gear, try looking at the Messier-Dowty advertisement following p10 in FI 27-1 to 2-2. Ruscoe
73 Post contains links Ants : In case anyone is still interested, I notice Airbus has put that A380 Landing gear photo up on their website, so for those who I didn't email it to, c
74 Joule : Penerbangan Malaysia Berhad (new operator) 6 Penerbangan Malaysia Berhad (PMB) is not an operator. It is the parent company of Malaysia Airlines (MH).
75 Klaus : Interesting; On the photo you can see the steering mechanism for the foremost axle of the triple bogie! (If I´m not mistaken, that will be the traili
76 Post contains images Solnabo : A380, let the force be with you Michael//SE
77 Alessandro : If you take away the windows I would imagine it was parts to a submarine!
78 Windshear : WOW looks amazing!!! Boaz...
79 EGGD : Wow.. They are making progress so quickly, its quite unbelievable... I still don't believe that it will be flying by the end of the year, maybe mid to
80 747400sp : It will be an interesting airliner, even it's nose cone likes 747 head on.
81 MD11Engineer : Years ago during myapprenticeship our class did a day tour to the Airbus facility in Hamburg. The A380 ,was already in planning back then. The design
82 MD80Nut : Thanks for the pictures. The size of the A380 is truly impressive, words like "huge" don't seem to do it justice. cheers, Ralph
83 Rb211 : The nose section looks like a 717 with a hangover. It's really a huge plane. I wish Airbus lots of luck on this one. Hopefully it won't turn out to be
84 Areopagus : Hopefully it won't turn out to be another "Spruce Goose"! I'm sure it won't. It already has a much larger order base, and its first flight is sure to
85 Post contains images Upgradeplease : All I think about when I look at those pictures is "Boy that line at customs was long."
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