Vulindlela744 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 11521 times:
I was there for it. Was able to get on the ramp as I'm an airline employee. Was right under the wing almost. The size just blew me away. The wings and the vertical stabilizer are awesome. It was just unreal.. What are the plans for it tommorrow (Mon)?
UALMMFlyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 135 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 11454 times:
I was there tonight, too. Just came back from Tokyo via LAX on AA. We were riding the PeopleMover, and there it was parked at B15. I got a really good view of it. The bus driver actualy stopped close to the right wing, and announced to the passengers to take a good look of the plane. The driver then drove slowly passing the A380 so that everyone could take a good look of it.
The plane is massive than photo shows. It also looks beautiful in person than in photo. I am really glad I had an opportunity to see it in person tonight.
NY-JFK-LGA From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 374 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 11366 times:
There were a few of us that totally ran from the checkpoint to see it come in. I thought it was going to arrive between 9 & 10p, but something told me to just track the flight, and sure enough, 8:22p it said. We rushed to the gate, just in time to see that big girl taxi in. It was so unbelievable for me. I couldn't believe I was actually seeing the A-380 live, and right in front of me. She was a gorgeous, giant girl. I can't wait to fly on one.
Just as a side note on the photo one can see only maindeck catering trucks are used in IAD.
If internal catering lifts on board are used to transfer trolley´s between the main and upperdeck this can easily become critical to turn around times for the A380.
Direct passenger access to the upperdeck is less critical. Airbus claims the 90-minute turnaround can be achieved with using just the two main floor doors. Most airports destined to serve A380s will offer direct passenger access to the upper level.
TJCAB From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 332 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 10740 times:
Quoting RDUDDJI (Reply 8): TJCAB, what is that under the tail in your picture? It looks like a mechanical lift or something?
It's actually not under or even close to the aircraft. I had to take this photo from very far away (daily A parking for those familiar with IAD) so what you are seeing is actually on top of a building (I believe the immigration and customs) closer to us. A380 as was about 600+ yards from me when I took this image...
Great video TJCAB!!! I think it is the first night landing video I see of the A380, and even at night that thing looks huge!!! thanks for sharing and the video is really cool..... It still draws a good amount of fans, even from the bus as someone said..... great takes!! BTW, did you take the video?
NW748i From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 362 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 10477 times:
Quoting Spoke2Spoke (Reply 14): Just heard that the A380 will make a low-flying pass up the Patomac river on Monday between 11:15 and 12:30 EDT.
I heard this a couple weeks ago, but didn't know if it was still on. Does anyone have any info so we can track it on the web and have some notice of when it will be passing by? I've got a decent view from my building...
Edit: My MWAA contact says that it just took off 20 minutes ago for the VIP demo...
[Edited 2007-03-26 17:21:12]
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Spoke2Spoke From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 190 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 10186 times:
I caught it as well from the Freedom Park in Rosslyn, VA. It flew over a little higher than I expected, but it was nonetheless impressive. There was a helicopter near by that was filming the A380 as it flew by the capital. I'm not sure where you could purchase that film but I'd look for at least a picture later on washingtonpost.com.
Atnight, I'm having trouble with that panoramic pic but I'll try to take a look when I get home tonight.
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AirplaneCrazy From United States of America, joined May 2006, 40 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 10167 times:
I just got back from underneath the landing approach at IAD... Very cool. I knew the plane was big, but I am not sure you can appreciate the size unless you see it with your own eyes. It was also quieter than I expected.