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A380 Formation Flight Above TLS  
User currently offlineKnoxibus From France, joined Aug 2007, 260 posts, RR: 22
Posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 18234 times:
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I know some of the nutters would say that they are tired of seeing a new thread about A380, but 5 minutes ago, the 4 tests aircraft A380 MSN 001, MSN 002, MSN 004 & MSN 009 just did a formation fly-by above the TLS aiport here at 11.00 AM.

Can you imagine the noise of those four beasts just flying over?

We can hope for some pictures soon.


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User currently offlineJonathan-l From France, joined Mar 2002, 504 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 18202 times:

Big version: Width: 1280 Height: 960 File size: 483kb


[Edited 2006-08-30 11:26:35]

User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2758 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 18122 times:

I was driving southerly towards Toulouse airport around 9:45 this morning and just as I was approaching Aéroconstellation saw one take off, then when parallel with Aéroconstellation saw a second one, then as I took the exit (for E Leclerc) I saw the third one and as I took the back road down towards the airport (near carpark P5) saw the fourth one on take off roll in front of me. What a site! Amazingly I managed not to crash the car while looking at these beasts take to the sky! What a site.


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User currently offlineKLMCedric From Belgium, joined Dec 2003, 812 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 18079 times:

The pictures you post don't load-up on the page.
Any other way to post them? I'd really like to see that!


User currently offlineA520 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2006, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 18079 times:

And they all have their landing gears up!  Wink

User currently offlineManzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 18079 times:

Great post Knoxibus and thanks for the photo Jonathan-I!!! Big grin

So... how was the noise of 16 Trent 900s? (i've not checked so I'm guessing they were all Trent powered!)

Cheers!

Rez
 Big grin



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 17983 times:

WOW.
Fantastic View.Any Videos.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineBeaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 17925 times:

Merci beaucoup !!!
Superbe picture - I would have wanted to hear that sound as well ....
Those moments make you understand why we are aviation freaks !



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User currently offlineJonathan-l From France, joined Mar 2002, 504 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 17890 times:

As you can see, there are no wake vortex issues  Smile

Quoting Beaucaire (Reply 8):
I would have wanted to hear that sound as well ....

Seriously, there wasn't much too hear. It was very quiet considering 4 aircraft were flying.


User currently offlineJbond From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 17775 times:

hum..... 12*T900 + 4*GP7200 !

User currently offlineMacc From Austria, joined Nov 2004, 1042 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 17775 times:

Quoting Manzoori (Reply 6):
So... how was the noise of 16 Trent 900s? (i've not checked so I'm guessing they were all Trent powered!)

one was GP. see article on FI:
http://www.flightglobal.com/Articles...ulouse+including+landing+gear.html



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User currently offlineWINGS From Portugal, joined May 2005, 2831 posts, RR: 68
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 17660 times:

WOW. What a wonderful sight. After yesterdays landing gear sensor mishap this formation seems to give a clear indication that all is running smoothly with testing.

Just out of curiosity can anyone spot which A380 is equipped with EA engines?

Regards,
Wings



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User currently offlineAtnight From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 606 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 17660 times:

Great Picture!! I always wanted a picture like that.... just amazing!!! It won't be something common to see 4 A380s in the air at the same time in formation, so that picture is worth a lot!!! Thanks for sharing... I just wish there were more pictures and a video of it as well... please post the pictures if you have any!


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User currently offlineJet-lagged From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 872 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 17618 times:

Quoting Jonathan-l (Reply 1):

Cool! thanks for the pic.


User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 17460 times:







FI has added a few shots since the aforementioned article was originally posted.

[Edited 2006-08-30 13:42:09]

[Edited 2006-08-30 13:45:46]

User currently offlineJBOND From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 17264 times:

Please don't forget le author name !

the biggest formation now on A.Net
http://www.airliners.net/open.file/1101677/L/


User currently offlineJbond From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 17241 times:

for F-WWEA (on queue on a.net)
http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=524970
http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=5797550


User currently offlineF.pier From Italy, joined Aug 2000, 1524 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 17212 times:

Absolutely stunning!!!
Great compliments to the author


User currently offlineThorben From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 17135 times:

Holy sh..!  Wow!

These are really some great pictures! The test programm is picking up some speed, isn't it.

But to be honest, I can't really spot the different engine types.


User currently offlineSabenapilot From Belgium, joined Feb 2000, 2714 posts, RR: 46
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 16839 times:

Quoting WINGS (Reply 11):
Just out of curiosity can anyone spot which A380 is equipped with EA engines?

the lead plane is definitely F-WWEA...


User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 16823 times:

Very nice

Imagine the wake turbulence  Wink



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User currently offlineRed777 From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 16796 times:

Great post would have been one hell of a site....was unreal just to see one but to see four...awesome.

Look forward to seeing a few more pics


User currently offlineGh123 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 16634 times:

Quoting Jonathan-l (Reply 8):
Jonathan-l From France, joined Mar 2002, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted Wed Aug 30 2006 11:55:16 UTC+2 and read 1213 times:


As you can see, there are no wake vortex issues

Wake turbulence sinks.


User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13742 posts, RR: 19
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 16576 times:

Oh how cute!


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User currently offlineOldAeroGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3526 posts, RR: 66
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 16576 times:

Quoting Thorben (Reply 18):
The test programm is picking up some speed, isn't it.

It needs to if the A380 is going to deliver in 2006.

Only 123 days to go.



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25 Charliejag1 : Wake turbulence is minimal when the plane is clean (gear and flaps) and going faster than Vref or so. What really causes wake turbulence is full flap
26 Zudnic : Does anyone know the purpose of this formation? It wasn't clear from the FI article nor from the thread so far.
27 Post contains images Aussieindc : Awww, it's a pod of whales. Got to say, the quadruplets look good.
28 PanAm92 : great pictures , now if Airbus would bring one of these beauties over to JFK.
29 Lostmoon744 : WOW. That is stunning indeed!!!! It’s wonderful to see them all flying about! It must have been a sight/sound to behold. Looking forward to flying i
30 Post contains images Macc : they did it just for us here on anet...
31 Post contains images Thebry : Amazing shot! I love it!! I was just thinking -- if these babies were loaded to capacity (550 pax each) we'd be looking at over 2,200 souls flying in
32 Post contains images AutoThrust : OMG thats a stunning picture .... more then 1200- 2000 tons flying in formation thats really unique. I can imagine in Tolouse everybody was spotting.
33 SLCPilot : This is why open sources of information (i.e. A.net, Wiki, etc.) should always be taken with a grain of salt. The above information is incorrect, and
34 Charliejag1 : Ouch! You're right. Now that I look at it again, I don't know what I was thinking. As you said, I learned that in private training and again in comme
35 MEA-707 : the pictures remind me of a formation of B-52 bombers, with their huge wings. I didn't see this similarity earlier with the A-380, am I the only one?
36 SLCPilot : I thought so too, but the slats appear to be out in a few of the photos. Pictures can be very deceptive. I suspect there is likely some vertical stag
37 Charliejag1 : SLC, what kind of plane were you in at the time?
38 SAS A340 : That is POWER!! Awesome!!!
39 Post contains images MD80Nut : Thanks for the awesome pictures! Those A380s look way cool flying in formation. Must have been one heck of a sight in the flesh. Any chance they were
40 SLCPilot : Lead was a C-180, I was in a homebuilt aircraft, a Glastar. TO was from BTF. SLCPilot
41 Rpaillard : As far as I know, videos and photos shoting for a yet to come TV programm regarding big airliners. At least, this was reported as the aim of the show
42 2H4 : What aircraft types? 2H4
43 Ikramerica : That's an awesome sight! How so? There is no logic to that statement...
44 N405MX : Great pictures, that´s really a BIG formation. Thanks for sharing. Saludos
45 Post contains images Lightsaber : I hope Airbus not only took a lot of photos for information purposes but closely documented the weights of all four aircraft and their positions in t
46 Stitch : That is very impressive.
47 Atnight : Do you have something personal with WINGS? I always seem to find see some funny discussions going back and forth between you two.. anyways, I believe
48 Post contains images WINGS : Well if you were to read the whole thread then you would find the logic But just in case that you miss it once again Atnight explains it rather well
49 Post contains images Atnight : I agree... by funny I didn't mean as in disrespectful, I just think that Ikamerica likes to discuss with you often, and you with him, all in respect
50 Post contains images 787engineer : Just because there's four A380s flying "close" to each other doesn't mean there's no wake vortex issue. That's just silly. Every heavy airplane has w
51 Post contains images Asturias : Wow. Just wow. I still haven't seen an A380 in person. This gives me an idea what to expect. Seeing them in formation makes them seem real. Thanks for
52 Ikramerica : While the bird flying is great, I still don't see how it indicates the tests are running smoothly. It's supposed to be in Africa, and it's not, unless
53 AsstChiefMark : They should have flown an A318 with them to provide a reference of size. Mark
54 Gh123 : Yeah, exaxtly. These puppies would make a GV or a Global Express look like 152s!
55 HAWK21M : This probably is the Biggest Large sized Aircraft Formation ever I guess. regds MEL
56 Post contains links and images TEBguy : Just thought i'd point out... View Large View Medium Photo (C) French Frogs AirSlides ...it's in the db Question... why do 2 of the A380's look differ
57 Post contains images ShowerOfSparks : Well the one in the center of the pic is destined for Air France, that's the new factory applied dirt scheme.
58 Post contains images JAGflyer : I'm seein double here! 8 A380s? WOW is that shot ever amazing. I can't wait for one of those to fly me somewhere.
59 Post contains images MCIGuy : Very nice, thanks OP.
60 Post contains images AutoThrust : Me neither. But do you see indications that the tests are running bad?? Any A380 disintegrating, or engine burning, or pilot cryng for help?? Why alw
61 Post contains images Glideslope : Umm, has the production line re-started?
62 Post contains images JoeCattoli : That's really Hilarious I didn't expect it at all!!! I saw MSN 001 in Sydney... I wish I'd have seen this formation... what a sight!!! 2200 people ca
63 Sabenapilot : The dark streak under the tail of the A380 in the middle of the formation is actually just dirt which has gathered on the belly of the all white lowe
64 Post contains images PM : I don't know why they did it but it does seem like a pretty successful PR coup. An image like this (with blue skies too boot) gives out a powerful su
65 Post contains images ER757 : Yes - that would really have made this already impressive sight even more so. Still, it would have been an awesome thing to see in person - I envy th
66 MD-90 : WOW. That makes the flyovers of campus this afternoon of 3 and 4 T-38s from Columbus AFB seem pretty tame.
67 Deputydawghere : Thanks for the pics of a great looking plane.
68 Matell : However the flyovers you experienced would've sounded much nicer. The A380 has such an un-inspiringly quiet noise.
69 WingedMigrator : You would think so. Next road convoy to Toulouse starts on the night of 04 September, with a tail, a rear fuselage, and a mid fuselage.
70 Cartoonranger : Don't you mean Emirates. I'm pretty sure Etihad are taking RR powered aircraft
71 Knoxibus : Nope, he's right, MSN 009 once testing is finished they will change the engines to RR and then retrofit it to ETD. However, I was on MSN 009 last wee
72 ABfemme : Yup I reckon you could be right ! What a superb sight. I marvelled at the photographs of only ONE of the beasts - But four in the sky together.... Br
73 Sabenapilot : Indeed, I've found it somewhat weird ever since I saw it for the first time up close on the ramp. Everything is painted the same was as on F-WWOW and
74 Jbguller : This was a fuel-saving test-flight yeh? I heard somewhere they're going to fly in formation like this all the time, especially between SYD-LAX. Slipst
75 AirbusA346 : Why did they stop production?] They skid protection is fitted to all A380's I think, not just the test 1's might be wrong though. Tom.
76 Leelaw : To sort-out the wiring harness imbroglio.
77 Post contains links and images Sabenapilot : Production was never halted, only final assembly was. The protection you refer to only protects for unwanted occasional mishaps in day to day operati
78 Post contains links Atnight : Guys, check the video from airbus.com.... although the video is not good in quality (anyone knows where a good quality video can be found?), it sure l
79 PM : Love it! Great music too. Very stylish.
80 Congaboy : They are a sight to see, very impressive, and IMO a great PR event...but what a waste of fuel. How many American SUV's would it take to supply the fu
81 Knoxibus : According to yesterday's Flight Test Reports, this was one of the busiest day for A380 testing. Two aircraft flew twice during the day, and the other
82 Atnight : If a company uses resources to promote sales, is not a waste, but an investment.... Yes, flying around for the fun of it is indeed a waste, yet if pi
83 Stirling : Actually PM you hit the nail on the head as it were. It is purely a demonstration of health to the naysayers of the world....and a pretty damn impres
84 Leelaw : IIRC, the original estimate of the full flight-test program of the A388 was 2,500 hours. Considering Airbus reported that 1,800 hours had already bee
85 Charliejag1 : Where can I get an SUV that supplies fuel? That way, I can get the fuel from the SUV and put it in my car and save a bundle!
86 Post contains images Ferret : I don't know about you guys, but that picture of them flying in tight formation is a scary sight. It looks like an invasion force!
87 Post contains images Jacobin777 : Thanks for the video link......that was one heck of an impressive sight..!!! Incredible! I bet when those 4 A380's were lined up, Leahy was imagining
88 Post contains images ElGreco : Imagine Emirates doeing a 40 A380 flight over Dubay for a publicity showing their power!!!
89 Post contains links Scouseflyer : Wahay!!! My French is rubbish (I've been looking at the site that you directed us to in April http://www.igg.fr/) but I can't work out if there's any
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