Welwitschia From Namibia, joined Mar 2005, 27 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 12692 times:
As I am sitting in Africa my dream of being in Europe for the occasion is remote.
I'll take solace from the fact that it will be shown live(hopefully) on some TV channel and I'll leave my office for that occasion.
Breiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1861 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 12457 times:
According to AFP (French news agency), F-WWOW was towed today at 14:00 from the Jean-Luc Lagardère assembly hall to the test flight preparation building (nicknamed the "abreuvoir" in French, the "trough", around which all planes in test flight activity are parked, nose in). Coming closer
PMN From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 563 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 12031 times:
Is anyone planning to go to TLS to see this awesome beast hit the skies for the first time? Me and a friend are hoping to get there. 747's are incredible to watch and fly on, I can't wait to experience the A380.
I find it hard to believe an aircraft's been made that's bigger than this beautiful machine.
Should be good
Edith in his bed, a plane in the rain is humming, the wires in the walls are humming some song - some mysterious song
Henny From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 99 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 11950 times:
Quoting PMN (Reply 7): Is anyone planning to go to TLS to see this awesome beast hit the skies for the first time? Me and a friend are hoping to get there.
You and 22,000 others...
I considered it, but hey ho.. it's an aircraft, mathematical fact that it will fly, it'll move in much the same way as a 747, and it'll sure as heck sound like an A346.
It doesn't really warrant me shelling out on flights, b&b/hotel et al... It's a mavellous piece of engineering, but I see it as an extension of the last 50 years of R&D, not something fantastically radical: an event that'll go down in history... a la Concorde... 707.... even the 747.
Hmmmm... From Canada, joined May 1999, 2095 posts, RR: 5 Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 11399 times:
It's funny, I have read some remarks from some A380 critics here who propose that the A380 is just too big to fly and thus will likely crash on take-off.
In fact, the A380 has the same general dimensions as the 747. The first flight will be a non-event. People will say, "We came to see that?" At a distance the A380 is not likely to stand out. The proportions are similar to most commercial aircraft. The slightly larger scale will not be noticed at a distance. It will be anti-climactic.
An optimist robs himself of the joy of being pleasantly surprised
Velasco From Portugal, joined Jan 2005, 101 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 10987 times:
I think it is worth the trip. Not only for the airplane but for the fun of going and being there. I want to be able to tell my kids "Your dad watched the first flight of that plane eating grilled sardines and olives". I hope they allow the public some space as there sure is going to be a crowd there.
Lisboa-Rio on the A340... São Pedro e São Paulo down below...
Q330 From Australia, joined exactly 10 years ago today! , 1460 posts, RR: 23 Reply 22, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9571 times:
Quoting Planekrazy777 (Reply 21): Just wondering how the flight crew will get access to the cockpit. (reason i'm asking if u look at photo's posted the flight deck looks to be in betewwn the 2 floors) would there be a step up.
Yes, the flight deck is between the two main levels and there are at least a couple steps up to it from the main deck.