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42 Meter (138 Foot) A380 Section - Impressive  
User currently offlineAnts From New Zealand, joined Feb 2004, 119 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6157 times:

Yesterday, Airbus unveiled the front 42 metre fuselage section of the A380. I guess they've finally put together most of those sections that we've seen in photos the the past few months. The section is almost 2/3rds of the full plane length & constitutes most of the crew & passenger areas.

Anyway, I've only been able to find one small photo & it sure looks beasty (although the nose isn't completed). Can anyone find any more photos, so we can have a good look at this thing?



This shows just how much the 42 metre is:


An article on it can be found here:
Article in Seattle PI

'Workers in blue overalls from Airbus' plant in Saint-Nazaire in northwestern France cheered as the curtain rose on the 138-foot-long fuselage section, about half the length of an American football field. A chorus sang parts of Verdi's "La Traviata" and Bizet's "Carmen."'

"We are perfectly on track," said Jean Marc Thomas, the head of Airbus' French unit.

Airbus sure knows how to play the publicity game Smile.

Oh, if you're wondering what about the back 30 (approx) metre section? That's basically completed too. There's a photo of it at:

Photo of Back Section of Fuselage


[Edited 2004-03-26 11:29:37]

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User currently offlineMD80Nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 958 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5796 times:

Impressive, looks like the A380 is progressing nicely. I'm really curious to see the thing completed in one piece, does anyone have an estimate when this will be? It should be soon.

Thanks for the post & links. The A380 is going to a sight to see! Soon...

cheers, Ralph




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User currently offlineRoberta From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5714 times:

Wow i cant wait for the day the a380 careers down the Toulouse runway and takes to the skies. There will be some emotional looks on the airbus employees faces that day, i wonder if they will broadcast it on TV. what a great day in aviation that will be. maybe i will have to hop over to france for the weekend.

User currently offlineAF-A319 From France, joined Oct 1999, 603 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5582 times:

Question of the decade:

IS THE A380 UGLY OR NOT??

I still can't make up my mind. Sure it's impressive, but from an aesthetic perspective, I still don't know!


User currently offlineRoberta From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5484 times:

IS THE A380 UGLY OR NOT??

Great Question

its never going to be the best looking plane in the fleet, but i think it will look good enough. These Drawings here look ok http://www.airliners.net/info/stats.main?id=29
It looks a lot better than the Artists impressions of 7E7, in my opinion and no ones ever going to dethrone the 737 for ugliest airliner in the sky.


User currently offlineN754pr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4945 times:

When this takes to the sky it will be one of, if not the biggest day in modern aviation.

User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4820 times:

Yea know........the more I look at the A380, the more it reminds me of an other airplane. Howard Hughes 'Spruce Goose'.

I will be shocked with the current condition of the worlds airlines if this thing really ever gets off the ground. Yes, I know orders have been placed, but orders can be cancelled.



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User currently offlineAnts From New Zealand, joined Feb 2004, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4655 times:

Here's a better pic of the section. It's still quite small photo unfortunately, but better than others. Thanks to AJet for posting the link for it.

http://www.sudouest.com/260304/images/divers/l/260304avion.jpg


User currently offlineBeefer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 390 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4536 times:

Yeah, the link to the second picture looks alot better.

At least it doesn't have those goofy looking guys in suits giving the big thumbs up.


User currently offlineAnts From New Zealand, joined Feb 2004, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4155 times:

Finally, someone's put up some decent sized photos of the first 42 meters of the A380 fuselage. I was wrong in my earlier post because Airbus haven't actually joined together the three sections that make it up yet, but in the photos they have placed them beside each other. (The actual joining of these sections will be done in Toulouse where they are currently being transported).

Anyhow, these photos are still cool IMO because it gives a good idea of what it'll look like once they are put together.  Big thumbs up

Check these out:

Central section - http://www.pbase.com/image/27664542
Whole thing - http://www.pbase.com/image/27664530
Nose - http://www.pbase.com/image/27664538  Big thumbs up
Whole thing (2) - http://www.pbase.com/image/27664534

p.s. Thanks to Kalakaua for linking to these photos in another post.  Smile


User currently offlineAvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2472 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3865 times:

WOW! A silly thought but nonetheless, imagine if that huge assembly ever broke loose from its' moorings (it'd never happen, I know). It would be like a huge rolling pin rolling people flat. A gruesome notion but I couldn't resist. Big grin

User currently offlineBoeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3719 times:

Regardless of what we think of the company(companies), this is still a quite signifiant event. I'm a Boeing fan till the end, but I couldn't help but get caught up in the excitement. I will be sad when the A380 takes the reigns of world's biggest airliner form my beloved 747, but I congratulate Airbus for such exciting times.

The 747 is still better though.  Laugh out loud (I had to say it to defend my user name!)  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineDfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 984 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3655 times:

Yikes.. I sure hope they get that nose finished. Looks like Michael Jackson, and ironically made of plastic  Nuts

It looks a lot better than the Artists impressions of 7E7, in my opinion and no ones ever going to dethrone the 737 for ugliest airliner in the sky.

Wow... such harsh words for such great airplanes  Yeah sure

IMO, the A380 is not an asthetic design- it is an impressive one. Its sheer size speaks for itself. It will take my breath away, but for a different reason than say a 777 or 747. And are we looking at the same 7E7 concepts, looks damn good to me-

http://www.boeing.com/commercial/7e7/images/k62865.jpg

Regards,
DFW


User currently offlineRoberta From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3607 times:

Dont get me wrong, i like the 737, its just not pretty IMHO. I dont like the nose of the 7e7 but i'll wait until they're both finished before i officially judge.

User currently offlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4516 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3558 times:

Is it just me or does the nose of that plane in the very very very last A380 link in this topic make it look like a huge caterpillar with a retarded grin on it's face? Big grin


No seriously, I'm excited. Can't wait to fly on one. Preferably a passenger version. Who made the launch order?

[Edited 2004-04-08 02:21:16]

User currently offlineVS346 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 339 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3381 times:

hehe, funny one Aloha.

To me it looks like a seal on the beach.  Laugh out loud

Launch order came from Emirates.

Cheers,

VS3436



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User currently offlineDeskPilot From Australia, joined Apr 2004, 767 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3309 times:

Beauty is very subjective; people, cars, aircraft. So, you'll either like the A380 or you wont. Its looks wont affect whether it is successful or not. The market will decide on that one over the coming years, and all sorts of factors can affect that.

Personally, I like both Boeing and Airbus aircraft, as well as lots of other manufacturers too. I'm sure both will continue regardless of the outcome of the 7E7 or A380.



By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?
User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12635 posts, RR: 46
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3157 times:
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The Airbus-4U website has a new article about how the A380 is coming together. The page includes some videos of the parts being transported

http://www.airbus.com/airbus4u/articles_detail.asp?ae_id=1467



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User currently offlineAireuropeUK733 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 978 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3078 times:

Looks impressive. Like N754pr says, can't wait to see it fly!  Smile


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User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 854 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3049 times:

As I wrote i another topic:
B747 gonna be downgraded to "Princess of Everett" in a couple of years  Wink/being sarcastic

Michael//SE
*Branson for president*



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User currently offlineAFROTC From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 191 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2879 times:

This is one impressive bird i'd admit, ive had my doubts about this plane but it seems that airbus is comming through, and i wouldnt mind flying on this plane in the future thats for sure.


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User currently offlineEspion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2815 times:

Damn thats huge.Although i cant wait to see one of airbus's A380 acutally painted,this thing looks UGLY.

...i wonder if they will broadcast it on TV

oh no,journalists have better things to do than to broadcast the first flight of the world's biggest Airliner Live Big grin



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