Flybulldog From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 370 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 11 months 6 hours ago) and read 1418 times:
The A3XX is profiled in the new Popular Science. Nothing new in here except for some good profiles comparing it to the 747. Also interesting discussion about how the noise restrictions were unfair to the new jumbo since they were based on the 747. The artile also speculates on a new cargo plane to ferry parts to the assembly line.
Flybulldog From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 370 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 11 months 2 hours ago) and read 1346 times:
Here's the text:
"For Airbus, building the giant jet will be a unique challenge. Airbus' specially built Beluga transport airplanes fly wing and body sections from factories all over Europe to the final Assembly lines, but even the Beluga cannot carry the A3XX body and wing. One option is a modified Beluga with an even larger hold. A more radical idea is to use a giant airship, the German-developed Cargolifter, which should be in service by the time the A3XX enters production. The technology that first made air transport possible could play a crucial role in building the queen of the 21st century." Popular Science, October 2000.
WorldTraveller From Germany, joined Jun 1999, 624 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (14 years 11 months 1 hour ago) and read 1335 times:
Thanks for the info, I also heard about the Cargolifter solution.
The Cargolifter will be a gigantic blimp. I think the first one will be around by 2003.
"The first generation of CargoLifters, the CL160s, are intended to carry payloads of up to 160 tonnes - that is as much as about 27 full-grown African elephants - at a speed of 80 to 100 km/h and a maximum height of 2,000 meters non-stop over several thousand kilometers." (from the Cargolifter website)
They are currently constructing the production hangar near Berlin, which will be the largest free-standing hangar in the world. It has enough space for 14 Boeing 747's!
Udo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 10 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1245 times:
Hey TWAwhatever, what kind of shit are you talking about? Better go back to school and learn something about Europe and especially Germany first.
You have been talking so much crap since you have been here, it really starts to stink...
P.S.: To come back to the topic, I have heard rumors that Airbus thinks about building a new Super Beluga, based on the A343. Anybody heard about that too?