Brenintw From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 1613 posts, RR: 1 Posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2639 times:
I was at HKG a couple of weeks ago, when I saw an SAA 340-something. It was either a -200 or a -300. From a distance, I couldn't tell the difference between the two. Now, I've just been presented with a picture of an SAA A340-something in the Photo Quiz, and I couldn't tell which it was.
How do you tell the difference between the two, especially head-on?
I know the A342 is the "shrink," but unless I see the two of them together, I doubt I'd be able to look at one and say "that's a -200" or "that's a -300" -- any tricks?
I'm tired of the A vs. B sniping. Neither make planes that shed wings randomly!
Scouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3384 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2466 times:
Quoting Slz396 (Reply 1): (BTW- anybody a clue why the A340-300 lenght equals that of an A330-300, but NOT the A340-200 vs A330-200?)
I think that it might be due to the A342 A343 and A333 being developed at the same time, so they based two of the birds on the same fuse length. Whereas the A332 was a later shrink version of the A333 and was sized for its requirements.
This question has set me thinking as to how many differant lengths the original A300 fuse cross-section has come in, this is my guess (using wikipedia so health warning attached!):
DAL767400ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2280 times:
Quoting Slz396 (Reply 5): the second one however was delivered to TEA Belgium and flew for many years before it was scrapped too, so it does definitely count as a production model.
It only got scrapped after it spend many years on an apron at BRU slowly rotting away . Quite a shame, IMHO, as it sure would have been nice to keep at least the second plane Airbus ever built around, given that they scrapped the first B1 so damn fast.