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A380 Image Changed Since First Flight?  
User currently offlineWidebody From Ireland, joined Aug 2000, 1152 posts, RR: 8
Posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8925 times:

Yesterday seems to have changed the minds of a lot of people on the look/style of the A380 - the size, quietness, handling and so on. The landing was fabulous and the fly-by was like one I've personally never seen before. Having not been a great fan of the nose/two-deck design before yesterday, seeing the full package yesterday certainly put me back in line. The nose design melted into the background. Having loved the look of the 747 approach, the two A380 approaches yesterday eclipse anything I've seen before.

Anyone the same?

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User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2758 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8758 times:

Tend to agree with you on that Widebody.

Watching her here in person at Toulouse was an experience I will never forget.

I wasn't so sure about her looks before, but yesterday certainly changed my mind and I fell in love... with the 380



Long live Aer Lingus!
User currently offlineAstuteman From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 10008 posts, RR: 96
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8609 times:
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Didn't change my mind, Widebody - always knew the A380 would look fabulous in the air - it's where she belongs.....

Certainly agree with you about the trend of comments since yesterday, though.

A


User currently offlineJohnnybgoode From Germany, joined Jan 2001, 2187 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8587 times:

totally agree with all of you.

i think it's got something that until yesterday, most pictures were taken from the ground, from a low angle, and that even emphasized its dimensinos. but now you can see pictures of the bird in motion and seeing as it turns, it gives a whole different impression.

cheers
daniel



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User currently offlineJamie757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8522 times:

I agree with that too!

A lot of changed opinions since yesterdays flight. It looked good on the ground, but even better in the air! Shame I couldn't be there to see it for real  Sad

Rgds.


User currently offlineGlidepath73 From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 1020 posts, RR: 45
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8491 times:

I just have to agree with you!

Even on TV the both approaches looked so majestic!

A M A Z I N G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A dream came true!!!!!

Regards,
Patrick



Aviation! That rocks...
User currently offlineGlidepath73 From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 1020 posts, RR: 45
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8350 times:

For a lot of people it looked really big,and majestic. One workmate told me:
"It looks just sovereign!" And he was right......

Regards,
Patrick

[Edited 2005-04-28 15:26:41]


Aviation! That rocks...
User currently offlineWidebody From Ireland, joined Aug 2000, 1152 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8264 times:

Hello again, yeah the whole package came together to form an amazing aircraft - the gear, the nose, the two decks, the engines, the huge wingspan and the livery. On the approach it wasn't even possible to make out what type of aircraft it was until it got close. Every part that previously looked oversized now looked in proportion when it was in the air. And very graceful in turns and rotation. Added to the fact that technically the flight went much better than expected with only some small minor issues. Very very good day.

User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5566 posts, RR: 36
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8208 times:

For me this bird was absolutely impressing and majestic in flying. I was amazed by the easiness she took off, although she already had 75 % (421 tonnes) of its MTOW. She only needed 1500 m (4921 feet) for take-off. I am wondering how much she needs with MTOW, probably less than any other existing wide-body.

User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4195 posts, RR: 37
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 8012 times:

Anybody notice how far he floated down the runway before touching down?  Smile whoops.


Chicks dig winglets.
User currently offlineGearup From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 578 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7956 times:

Quoting Widebody (Reply 7):
Added to the fact that technically the flight went much better than expected with only some small minor issues. Very very good day.

She sure is an awesome looking aircraft and worthy to claim the title 'Queen of the Skies'. You mentioned some small minor issues, any idea what they were?

GU



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User currently offlineQantasA380 From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 212 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7895 times:

I agree... my view hasn't changed a bit!! I always knew she'd look beautiful on the ground, and just 'plain' graceful in the air!!!! I've personally never seen any aircraft take-off or land so perfectly in my life, and given its size that's even more amazing...

Good work Airbus!!!!



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User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6334 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7888 times:

Looked great, and cant wait to fly on it.

User currently offlineWidebody From Ireland, joined Aug 2000, 1152 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7792 times:

Yeah but then I'd have to send one my servants to kill you.....! No seriously only indication stuff. There wasn't a single warning generated during the flight phase.

As for the landing, way down the runway alright but right in front of VIP area where intended!


User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4124 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7631 times:

I still think she looks ugly when viewed head-on, but like many on here, I saw a beauty in her when she took off, and especially that wing flex!

I think the A380 has grown on me.



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User currently offline777D From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 300 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7609 times:

I really like Boeings however the A380 video that I viewed was awesome. The A380 is a "cool" looking plane. I have to ride on that plane, and sit in the upper deck. The flyby and the landing looked so smooth and easy. I am not sure is Seatac will ever be ready for the A380 but I will find a US airport and fly out of that city.

User currently offlineMotorhussy From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 3198 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7503 times:

I think the stretched A380-900 will look even better. The fuselage will be more in proportion to the massive wing area and the tail won't have to be as tall.

Overall, a lot more elegant!

IMHO
MH



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User currently offlineLuisca From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 7071 times:

To me it has changed

Before first flight:
A COW with wings

After First flight:
A fliying COW with wings.

Dont get me wrong, the Airplane is marvelous technologicaly speaking, But it is simply hideouse.


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2389 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6943 times:

I would love to experience a take-off in that thing Big grin is it just me or did it seem like it was so fast at accelerating? lol it was amazing!!!

User currently offlineAntiuser From Italy, joined May 2004, 657 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6367 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 18):
is it just me or did it seem like it was so fast at accelerating

That was my impression too. I expected it to use quite a bit of runway, knowing it was loaded to simulate real operating weights, but that certainly wasn't the case. Hopefully that'll rid the A380 of the "underpowered" stigma that plagues the A340. From what I heard, they didn't even go past 85% N1 for takeoff, which isn't so surprising considering the engines and wings were designed with the A380-900 in mind.



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User currently offlineJat74l From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 618 posts, RR: 14
Reply 20, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6271 times:

I hardly think the 380 was loaded to capacity for it's first flight. It seemed to float off the runway almost immediately on rotation.

Large and impressive it is... sleek it is not. I think the euphoria of the event has taken over.

744 is still a more pleasing and purposeful shape in MY eye.

John



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User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6431 posts, RR: 54
Reply 21, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5935 times:

Quoting XFSUgimpLB41X (Reply 9):
Anybody notice how far he floated down the runway before touching down? whoops.

That was on purpose. They obviously had no data on how its flares from a 3 deg. glideslope yet - those data will be collected during the test program.

He came in flat and fast and let it bleed off excess speed at two feet altitude, knowing that the runway was way too long for the featherlight plane.

Quoting Jat74l (Reply 20):
I hardly think the 380 was loaded to capacity for it's first flight.

Take-off weight was 421 tonnes or almost exactly 75% of max take-off weight.

Rolling 1500m at such a low weight indicates that it must have been on reduced power. The rather shallow initial climb out also indicates that.

It spent four hours at low altitude, mostly with gear down, and I didn't notice that the leading edge slats ever were retracted. In such "dirty" configuration at low altitude it must have had a pretty high fuel burn, most likely over 100 tonnes. Landing at just over 300 tonnes is featherlight for that bird.



Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
User currently offlineAA777223ER From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 220 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5813 times:

Yes! Not only does "The Hunchback of Toulouse" scare me while crawling around on the ground... But now from the sky too! LOL  laughing 

Regards,

AA777223ER



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User currently offlineSLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5016 times:

maybe it's just the awe, but I must agree that once airborne, the A380 becomes a beautiful aircraft. maybe not the most beautiful aircraft.

think about it, when you see a 747, even when it's parked on the ground, it's still linked in your mind to images of it in the air that help you edit out what may be ugly about a land-bound plane. seeing the A380 takeoff seals the deal for me.


User currently offlineCaribb From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 1637 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4768 times:

I was really impressed with it. It didn't change my opinion of it much except I was really taken by the size of the wings... they are massive!!.. more so than I realized. I had been uh, let's say, uncomfortable with the shape of the nose but since they came out with the Airbus A380 livery I've warmed up to it somewhat. I still don't think the plane is an exceptional technological leap or anything other than just being big but it will be fun to watch, spot and photograph as they land and take off all over the world.

[Edited 2005-04-29 05:22:16]

25 NAV20 : I was impressed - it seemed to fly well, in terms of handling characteristics, as far as you could tell. And the pilot definitely seemed to like it. T
26 Jonathan L : I still don't care for how it looks, but beyond that it certainly is an amazing accomplishment. And of course the look of the aircraft doesn't matter
27 HAWK21M : A Test Flight gone as per plan.Thats what Airbus says. I guess after seeing the Aircraft perform,some opinions would change. It was undoubtly a fantas
28 FutureUALpilot : Shes still one of the ugliest aircraft Ive seen fly, but impressive none the less...my hat is off to Airbus, good work.
29 Post contains images Boeing Nut : I have to agree as well. It looked awesome in flight.
30 Zephyrus : Witnessing the takeoff - and especially the landing - has to rank amongst the most emotional moments in my life as an aviation enthusiast. Her takeoff
31 Post contains images Airboeing : Actually, there has been one, concerning the trap-door of a landing-gear. The alarm said it wasn't closed properly, but the Corvet that recorded the
32 Astuteman : Just looking at the sheer size of those wings - they've got to generate a LOT of lift (obviously..) - the A380 has an extremely LOW wing loading (wou
33 NorCal : I was utterly impressed with the A380 when it flew. Good job Airbus! I think the wings are the most unique things about this a/c. The size is so that
34 Post contains images AirPacific747 : I would love to become a pilot on that bird!
35 Pihero : Guys ! The pilot elected to touch down right in front of the VIPs stand which was also set up abeam the computed take-off point.(Confirmed by an AI en
36 Widebody : That was an ECAM indication AirBoeing, not a system ECAM warning.
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