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First A380 Completed On May 27th  
User currently offlineA380900 From France, joined Dec 2003, 1116 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5900 times:

On this local TV show (link below) about the new A380 final assembly line inauguration, they say that the static test aircraft will be assembled by May 27th. On that day they will move it to the static test building to be able to start assembling the first flying aircraft. This first flying aircraft is supposed to be on its wheels by July. I wonder if the static test aircraft will have landing gears? Any thoughts?

Will anybody be in Toulouse to take a first pic of the completed aircraft on May 27th?

Link to the French TV show
http://www.sud.france3.fr/semiStatic/387-NIL-NIL-320668.html

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User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5819 times:

I would be very surprised if there was no landing gears on it, I guess a lot of breaking tests are going to be made with this test craft?


User currently offlineA380900 From France, joined Dec 2003, 1116 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5793 times:

It's made for "Static tests". As I understand it, they're just going to bend the wings a number of time and finally break them. They will probably pressurized/depressurized it a number of time to see how this thing ages. This aircraft will not move any more once it's in the static tests building.

Maybe they'll put landing gears to bring it there and then remove them to install it on an aircraft where they are useful?

[Edited 2004-05-11 21:21:46]

User currently offlineMD80Nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 957 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5653 times:

Are they assembling the first flying A380 already? I would assume they are already collecting it's various parts if they plan to have it "on it's wheels" in July.

I hope somebody gets pictures!

cheers, Ralph



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User currently offlineUsairways16bwi From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1004 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5604 times:

well I personally cant wait to see the first A380 fly. But ill believe it when I see it.  Big grin

User currently offlineA380900 From France, joined Dec 2003, 1116 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5517 times:

MD80Nut
"Are they assembling the first flying A380 already?"

No, they'll start assembling it on May 27th. The parts are completed though. They must be travelling to the assembly site right now.

What they are assembling is the first structure which will be destroyed in tests.


User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5422 times:

No Brakeing test with it to test the brakes?


User currently offlineThrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2690 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5321 times:

Already? Man Airbus seems eager to rush the competition!!!! It's amazing it took them this short of a time to build the world's newest giant, and also the world's biggest giant!!! (In terms of length, it is 11 feet short than the A346.)


Fly one thing; Fly it well
User currently offlineMD80Nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 957 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5211 times:

A380900,
Thanks for the update. I understand that the first flight is supposed to take place the first quarter of 2005. Man, I can't wait to see the A380 in the air!

cheers, Ralph



Fly Douglas Jets DC-8 / DC-9 / DC-10 / MD80 / MD11 / MD90 / 717
User currently offlineEduardo Lepe From Mexico, joined Feb 2002, 172 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4844 times:

I am going to be in TLS from Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th of July. I really hope I could take some pictures of the A380.

If possible, I will let you know. I will pray for it  Big thumbs up



Best Regards!!! Eduardo Lepe.
User currently offlineERJ135 From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 681 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4495 times:

Quite a lot of the parts for the first flying aircraft have already arrived, including the wing boxes, nose section and cockpit and the forward fuselage section I know for sure, and a RR trent 900 which will fly on an A340 test bed!



I remember when the DC-3 was new!
User currently offlineJoni From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks ago) and read 4290 times:


Does anyone know, if this "static test aircraft" will resemble a flying A380? IOW, will we get neat pictures of it to compare against the earlier CGI images released by Airbus?


User currently offlineA380900 From France, joined Dec 2003, 1116 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4030 times:

Quite a lot of the parts for the first flying aircraft have already arrived, including the wing boxes, nose section and cockpit and the forward fuselage section I know for sure

These parts would have arrived from Germany to Nantes. That's where the first two forward section of the fuselage are built and then sent to Toulouse. The last comes from directly from Germany without being assembled in Nantes.

Do you know if these completed sections have arrived to Toulouse?

These are pics from the static test airplane fuselage on its way to Toulouse.


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User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8018 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3684 times:

A380900,

Great pictures!  Big thumbs up

I believe that if Airbus really wants great publicity for the A380-800 they should regularly show pictures of the various parts of the first flying prototype (I've heard it will get the registration F-WWOW, of all things  Insane ) arriving and being assembled on their website.  Smile


User currently offlineUsairways16bwi From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1004 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3258 times:

what airports will it fly too? I hope to BWI.  Big grin

User currently offlineEspion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3093 times:

in you deams 16bwi- the airport cant even handle a 747...

but im hoping for IAD  Smile



Snakes on a Plane!
User currently offlineJran225 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 308 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3016 times:

Hey Stas,

that isn't entirely true. We do get Kalitta and Southern 747s from time to time and in the last month we've gotten 5 AN-124s from both Volga-Dnepr and Polet!! Smile Smile


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You'd be quite surprised about what aircraft we get around here!

Regards,
-Omar S.



Never tell your girlfriend about all the 'action' you're getting at the airport - only photogs understand that.
User currently offlineEAL757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2658 times:

finally my ship has come in: the A380 is about to fly!! (major sarcasm).


Anybody know if the French-looking John Kerry will be there to christen the new French masterpiece?

If he gets elected you gotta know AF1 will be either an A380 or A340

-Jeff


User currently offlineStartknob From Germany, joined May 2004, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2457 times:

EAL757,
Bush or Kerry may win - they will stay in their 747-AF1 and from 2009 on they will be refuled in air by Lockheed-built A332 Tankers  Wink/being sarcastic
BTW:
Kerry pretty much is Yale-looking for me.
Airbus is EUROPEAN and not French - as discussed dozens of times here.
If you don't like the aircraft - your prob - OK. If you don't like Airbus at all - also your prob - also OK. If you don't like Europe - let's start a discussion on another site - not a.net.
Regards, Kojak



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