Squirrel83 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 20082 times:
I dont know about you but Im getting excited ~
will take off on the 20th of April for the first time.
8 days are left until one of the most spectacular first flights of avionic history is scheduled. The Airbus A380, the only commercial airplane with an end-to-end double deck, will take off on the 20th of April for the first time.
Only the weather or problems in previous ground test can cause a delay. If all conditions are met, former Mirage jet pilot and chief-test pilot Jacques Rosay (49) can give full throttle on the runway of the Airbus production plant in Toulouse, France, to take off at a speed of 300 km/h.
The highest risk during the flight are expected to be vibrations of the wings, which will be filled with 310000 litres of kerosene, as well as vibrations of the tail section.
The most thrilling moment will be the landing after 4 or 5 hours of flight, when the 6 Titan alighting gears (6 m high, 22 Michelin tires) will absorb the full landing weight at a speed of 265 km/h.
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17178 posts, RR: 66
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 19927 times:
Quoting Squirrel83 (Thread starter): The highest risk during the flight are expected to be vibrations of the wings, which will be filled with 310000 litres of kerosene, as well as vibrations of the tail section.
Well, this doesn't seem to be an extremely reliable source, and in any case I doubt the 380 will be tanked anywhere near full.
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
MGA From Nicaragua, joined Mar 2005, 726 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 19611 times:
Quoting Squirrel83 (Thread starter): when the 6 Titan alighting gears (6 m high, 22 Michelin tires) will absorb the full landing weight at a speed of 265 km/h.
Goddamn!!! gave me goosebumbs!!!
I hope this is true! I desperatley want to see the beast take off....
I'm tired of hearing fake dates... The only place I see it take off for the moment is in my dreams (literally!)
Cahiwa From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 19496 times:
A phenomenal ship and a stunning achievement for everyone involved in this monumental undertaking. I love the thrill of a first flight. All the best to everyone at Airbus and the many sub-contractors around the world.
Sabenapilot From Belgium, joined Feb 2000, 2728 posts, RR: 46
Reply 22, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 18002 times:
I've posted a hint to this date 3 days ago in a related topic, yet nobody seemed to have picked it up then... Anyway, I confirm the 2Oth is the target date, but it could be 1 day later (or earlier....)
Quoting Sabenapilot (Reply 35): BTW Nav20, have you already bothered to get yourself a new nickname? Because I happen to know the time frame for the testing and thus also the planned date of first flight and as it looks now, not only will that flight soon make an end to your so beloved teasing, but also would it possibly be unbearable for you to have a reference to the date in your name.
Apuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 17635 times:
Interesting news indeed.. and, guess when I'm having my week off I had some plans of going to Zurich, but I just might as well take the shot and head for Toulouse. Anybody has info on spotting places over there? I was there once but we never went to spotting places, only to the airport itself, the Airbus plant and the 'Ailes Anciennes de Toulouse' (great organisation by the way!)