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The A380 Doesn't Seem To Be Big At All?  
User currently offlineVarig767 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 243 posts, RR: 3
Posted (8 years 10 months 4 days ago) and read 10641 times:

Hello all,

Am I the only one?? I have seen several photos of the A380, I have even a Herpa 1:500 model of the A380 and it should be a huge aircraft.

Though.... I just checked the photos of the A380 at Frankfurt and there is no single photo which convinces me that we are dealing with a huge plane. Even the photo of the A380 parked at the gate seems quite normal.

Probably I have to wait to see one in real life, then I hope I am wrong...

with regards, Martijn

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User currently offlineMidnightMike From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2892 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 10592 times:

The A380 is an airplane that you really need to see up close to realize just how big the aircraft is. Reason being that it is not a long aircraft from the nose to the tail, but rather big from the ground to the fuselage.... Trust me on this, the A380 is a big aircraft.

You can get an idea as to how high the A380 stretches with this photo.



The A380 engines look like they can swallow the A318.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/MidnightMike/Paris%20Air%20Show%2016-June-2005/A318A380.jpg

Here is a photo of the 777-200LR, now compare that to the height of the A380.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/MidnightMike/Paris%20Air%20Show%2016-June-2005/f18dae01.jpg



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User currently offlineN754PR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 10530 times:

No, its tiny. In fact if you park it 500 meters behind the A318 its even smaller than that..... not sure what the hell Airbus are on about....

[Edited 2005-10-31 16:10:48]

User currently offlineTaromA380 From Romania, joined Sep 2005, 334 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 10500 times:

It's not huge at all. It's just as its dimensions are.



Next topic: why does it seems so huge to my hamster ?


User currently offlineHalibut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 10387 times:

Photos I have seen from the front of the a380 has impressed me & given me an idea of the size of the a380 .

And photos from the top looking down on the a380 . From this angle you can really see the size of the wings .

Can anyone provide these photos ???

Thanks

Halibut

[Edited 2005-10-31 16:43:47]

[Edited 2005-10-31 16:44:46]

User currently offlineGlareskin From Netherlands, joined Jun 2005, 1304 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 10266 times:

Quoting Varig767 (Thread starter):
Though.... I just checked the photos of the A380 at Frankfurt and there is no single photo which convinces me that we are dealing with a huge plane.

I agree. Especially in this picture I don't see the big deal compared to the United 747 in the background. http://www.airliners.net/open.file?id=948285&TopOfYest=yes

But then of course, this is just the first (short) version. You should compare it to the 747sp. http://www.airliners.net/open.file?i...photo_nr=1&prev_id=&next_id=811044 Yuck, how ugly. This one doesn't look too big either. But wait till the streched versions of the 380 will appear. Then it will look both impressive and beautiful.

BTW, how beautiful is the Boeing 777 livery! Eventhough I don't see how to compare with the A380 on this photo...



There's still a long way to go before all the alliances deserve a star...
User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2389 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 10225 times:

well it is relative to say that it is small or big. I depends on who you ask, but I too am not impressed with the size of the A380 based on the photos i've seen. the tail is big, but the length is not much more than the 747. What impresses me is the size of the AN225!!  Smile love it!

User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 10147 times:
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This picture kinda brings it home....


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Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Tobias Rose - Hamburg RettopS




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User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 9846 times:

When I saw it at Paris I was suprisd at how small it was compared to the image that I had built up in my mind.

It was parked next to the A346 and that made it look short. The tail is very high though.

Can't wait to see it at LHR.

 Smile



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User currently offlineB744F From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 9793 times:

its a bulky airplane, its not a mammoth except for the engines and tail. The tail is like 3 times as high as the airplane itself, amazing

User currently offlineA360 From Portugal, joined Jun 2005, 434 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 9702 times:

^What makes it carry that many people is it's cross section... having a 10 abrest Y class on the lower deck and 8 abreast Y on the upper deck.

The wingspam, tail and engines are huge aswell.

But it's shorter than both the 773ER and 346.

The 380-900 will be another thing though!  Wink
Much more elegant for sure!


User currently offlineN79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 9693 times:

Quoting Varig767 (Thread starter):
I just checked the photos of the A380 at Frankfurt and there is no single photo which convinces me that we are dealing with a huge plane.

Do you normally travel by cruise ship or oil tanker?


User currently offlineAirIndia From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8909 times:

Quoting N79969 (Reply 11):
Quoting Varig767 (Thread starter):
I just checked the photos of the A380 at Frankfurt and there is no single photo which convinces me that we are dealing with a huge plane

Do you feel the same for An225???


User currently offlinePipoA380 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 1594 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8837 times:
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Quoting A360 (Reply 10):
The 380-900 will be another thing though!

Oh yes I agree on that one! I'm sure it will!

And for the size... I'll wait till I see it myself in Farnborough or somewhere next year before I comment  Wink



It's not about AIRBUS. it's not about BOEING. It's all about the beauty of FLYING.
User currently offlineQFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2062 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 8572 times:

Quoting MidnightMike (Reply 1):
The A380 engines look like they can swallow the A318.

Forget the engines looks at those winglets.

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 6):
What impresses me is the size of the AN225!! love it!

So true. Have you seen the pic of it at Frankfurt with the "Follow Me Car" (sorry don't know how to put pics in here). Photo Id 214 929. Really puts into proportion its size compared to the VW van.

I reckon the A388's big enough. A bit off topic, do any airlines have firm A389 orders so far?

QFA380


User currently offlinePipoA380 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 1594 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 8406 times:
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Quoting QFA380 (Reply 14):
sorry don't know how to put pics in here


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Mathias Henig



put < photoid:xxxxxx > and replace the x with the numbers and take the spaces out! There'ya go!



It's not about AIRBUS. it's not about BOEING. It's all about the beauty of FLYING.
User currently offline797charter From Denmark, joined Jun 2005, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 8174 times:

Quoting Varig767 (Thread starter):
Hello all,

Am I the only one??

No you are not. I saw it at the Paris Air Show, - and I am sorry to say but it is not "huge", - bug of course very big...
It is very high compared with the 747, and the wing/wingspan is huge. The 346 is a "lot" longer, but wait and see the -900!

Try this link, - and you are able to compare this mighty beautifully flying whale to an Elephant or VW Golf, - or more relevant the 747.

http://www.spiegel.de/flash/0,5532,10309,00.html



Keep it clear of the propellers
User currently offlineOB1783P From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 7550 times:

Quoting N754PR (Reply 2):
No, it's tiny. In fact if you park it 500 meters behind the A318 it's even smaller than that..... not sure what the hell Airbus are on about....

That made me laugh out loud. I like this kind of humor.

But seriously, from 744 to 380 is not the jump in size that 707 to 747 was. As others have remarked, it is not the longest aircraft either.

Finally, as Norma Desmond said " I AM big, it's the pictures that got small..."



I've flown thousands of miles and I can tell you it's a lot safer than crossing the street!
User currently offlineTJCAB From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7392 times:

Quoting N79969 (Reply 11):
Do you normally travel by cruise ship or oil tanker?

LOVE THAT COMMENT


User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7303 times:

Quoting TaromA380 (Reply 3):
Next topic: why does it seems so huge to my hamster ?

Brilliant!!! I laughed for nearly a minute.

Quoting A360 (Reply 10):
^What makes it carry that many people is it's cross section... having a 10 abrest Y class on the lower deck and 8 abreast Y on the upper deck.

We'll see how long the main deck stays 10 abreast. Remember that the JumboJet started out 9 abreast. My guess is the WhaleJet will be 11 abreast very soon. The WhaleJet's fuselage is 30 inches wider than the JumboJet's. Even at 11 abreast, the WhaleJet will have more spacious seating than the JumboJet has at 10 abreast.

Quoting A360 (Reply 10):
The 380-900 will be another thing though!

If it is ever produced.


User currently offlineTrent900 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 528 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7130 times:

Its a shame they didn't park it next to a 747 when it was at Frankfurt, just to give everyone an idea of the size difference. I think its mainly the wingspan which is more noticable.

D.


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2389 posts, RR: 21
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7040 times:

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 14):

no, not yet  Smile

Quoting PipoA380 (Reply 15):

thankyou! Big grin
I should have chosen a different username  Wink jk


User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 6907 times:

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 14):
do any airlines have firm A389 orders so far?

There is nothing to order yet. There is no authority to offer, just speculation. It is not at all clear whether or not there will ever be an A380-900. Until the A380-800 enters service and the airlines see how the economics play out, no one is particularly interested in ordering a stretch. EK are the most interested, but they will not order before they have A380-800s flying.


User currently offlineRichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 6619 times:

A number of airlines have said they would like to order, if Airbus was granted authority to offer. Fedex being one of them.

User currently offlineDstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1472 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days ago) and read 6211 times:

The only way you will really appreciate its size is when you wander into the Immigration area, just after one has landed, and join the back of the queue for processing.

25 Hantsflyer27 : Forgive me if this seems a stupid question, but has any airline ever attempted more than 10 abreast config??? I assume the 3-4-3 configs found in 747'
26 Zvezda : Correct. The config would be 3-5-3. Total seating would depend on many factors, but Airbus has discussed 800-odd for the A380-800.
27 Post contains images Halibut : Again, The a380 is a huge a/c ! Please, can someone provide photos of the a380 from the front and photos or drawings of the a380 from above the a380 l
28 Aeroflot777 : I completely agree with you, Varig767. When the project was first launched, I thought wow, this thing is going to be HUGE! Looking at all the new pict
29 Post contains links Halibut : Not big at all ??? Please see attched : http://www.airliners.net/open.file?i...oto_nr=151&prev_id=&next_id=861295
30 Bmacleod : A C-5 didn't look impressive at a distance at an airshow last year and I thought it was a C-17 instead. Once I got closer did I see how big it was. I
31 Blast : Although I have not seen it in real life yet, it seems to me that the A380 has something wrong with it, design-wise, because it does not look big to m
32 Post contains links and images Andz : will this do?
33 Zvezda : It's built to get a job done, not to be a museum piece. Form follows function. If it gets me where I want to go quickly, comfortably, and at a fair p
34 Logan22L : MidnightMike said it best I think. I have commented that the A380 doesn't appear to be that large, and it is because compared to the large width and h
35 Blast : Zvezda, you have a point. However, if I were to have designed an airplane so big, and with possibly such a huge impact on aviation, I would have desi
36 Post contains images Stitch : I saw her taxiing at FRA from the upper deck of a 744 and she looked big enough to me. Our Captain evidently pushed himself out of the cockpit window
37 Post contains images A360 : True, true.... let's when if in 10 years from now, the average abreast will be 10 or 11.
38 Junction : Exactly...I didn’t think the 777 was very big either until I finally saw it parked at a gate next to an M80. The M80 can drive under the wingtip of
39 Skip17 : Hahaha very clever. I agree, doesn't seem to big to me.
40 Post contains images Leezyjet : The Flight Deck windows don't open on the 744 - at least not on my airlines anyway.
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