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Size Comparison Pictures, A380 And B747  
User currently offlineMWHCVT From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2008, 742 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 51608 times:

Right here goes, This is the first time that i'm going to attempt to start a thread here on A.net and I only joined a few hours ago so please go easy on me.

I've been wondering that since the A380 has been in service for over 12 months now and that over 2008 there has been progressively more and more of the worlds largest passenger aircraft in service visiting airports that are almost exclusively populated with larger aircraft i.e. LHR, SIN, SYD, NRT, DXB, JFK so why have we not seen any decent shots to compare the two largest aircraft in one shot

The only thread that I've been able to find that related to is well into a.nets archived now as its over 18 months old now so I thought that I'd ask

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...general_aviation/read.main/3315248

Please don't flame me if that has come up recently I look forward to your reply'


Must think up a new one soon, slow moving brain trying to get into gear ;)
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User currently offlineEGNR From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 51556 times:

How about this shot?


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Photo © Sam Chui




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User currently offlineMWHCVT From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2008, 742 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 51451 times:



Quoting EGNR (Reply 1):
How about this shot?

I think that this is possibly the best comparison shot that I've seen so far and I had considered this one, not that I could find it when I looked earlier, but still it would be nice to see further shots, in that shot the 747 looks quite a bit smaller that the 380 however many people have commented that in reality it is not that apparent in real life



Must think up a new one soon, slow moving brain trying to get into gear ;)
User currently offlineCharles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1331 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 51377 times:



Quoting MWHCVT (Reply 2):
in reality it is not that apparent in real life

Well having seen the A380 twice at LAX it is indeed bigger than a 744, but perhaps in the same vein as a VW Golf is bigger than a VW Polo. Nearly every dimension is larger but the overall difference is not such that will make you drop your jaw.

Having said that, the two things that really impressed me about the A380 were its wingspan and the height of its tail. The tail is so high that you can't quite believe it upon seeing it the first time!

Now I look forward to flying the thing sometime in the not too distant future!


User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 51298 times:

Because the A380 is still a very new.... very rare aircraft at airports worldwide. How many total airframes flying revenue...... maybe 5 or 6.....?? Add to that the actual number of times an A380 has been in close proximity of a B747... and to that it be daylight...and to that have an A.net photographer close by... and to that the photo screener's accept it.

[Edited 2008-10-05 15:26:55]


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User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 51244 times:

http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z160/keesje_pics/747a3801024.jpg?t=1223246191

User currently offlineDanfearn77 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 1821 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 51156 times:



Quoting Keesje (Reply 5):

Great shot. Just look at the size difference in the engines!

For me though the A380 seems a bit stumpy! As stated by Charles79, the tail is gigantic and so to is every other aspect, the wing span is huge, but the fuselage seems to out of proportion in a way. From a side on shot its easier to understand what i mean. It would look a bit more attractive if it were a bit longer!



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User currently offlineMWHCVT From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2008, 742 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 51144 times:

Keesje...Having lurked in the shadows of A.net for a couple of years before taking the plunge and signing up I've always enjoyed reading your posts and viewing the graphics that so often adorn them, thank you taking the time to reply to my post.

I think that this is a wonderful picture that shows the proportions of the airliners excellently

Once I have things worked out I will be adding you and some other members to my Respected Members List



Must think up a new one soon, slow moving brain trying to get into gear ;)
User currently offlineOlympic472 From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 476 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 51118 times:



Quoting MWHCVT (Thread starter):
- - - and I only joined a few hours ago so please go easy on me.

Please don't flame me if - - - '

A sincere and hearty Welcome on board. If you are flamed I wish to also extend my apologies for all the flamers lurking out there.  Yeah sure Newer members may not have the resources to go through all the previous posts at A.net, or be as familiar with the search function yet.

Keesje, thank you for the composite photograph. Just from this picture the technology leap in the engines is evident, they are huge.



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User currently offlineDanfearn77 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 1821 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 51109 times:

Just been reading this older thread, 10 months old now. There are some pics on there. What really surprises me is how low it sits, ive never noticed it before.

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...eneral_aviation/read.main/3710198/

There are some great shots, makes you appreciate just how huge it is. I just hope when things start to look up for airlines that this amazing aircraft receives more orders.



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User currently offlinePhatfarmlines From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1363 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 51064 times:

To me it looks like the 744 is flaring moreso than the 380, hence it is why you can see the tail on the 380.

User currently offlineB727LVR From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 630 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 50998 times:

Both ACFT are impressive in their own ways. Having to get to work on all the 747 series i am still in awe of the 747. I may be biased, haha. I would love to see the A380 in person so I may have the chance to eat my words. What I am really curious about is the reliability of the A380. The 747 has been a good work horse for those who fly it. I know its still pretty new, and haven't heard many complaints, but it is still fun to look at!


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User currently offlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2840 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 50649 times:

Not one picture, but two pictures taken at the same position (watch the tree) on the same day.

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Photo © Raymond Ngu



User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 50540 times:



Quoting MWHCVT (Thread starter):

Welcome.
Those that flame a new member,need some medical help  Smile
On the topic....I once came accross a Flickr pic showing a sketch of A380/747/AN225 from a plan view.

Quoting N14AZ (Reply 12):

Amazing shot from almost the same point.

regds
MEL...



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User currently offlineToni_ From Cape Verde, joined Apr 2002, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 50283 times:

Welcome MWHCVT!

Wow, talking about how to make the Queen of the Sky look even more beautiful and elegant!!! Put her next to her fat ugly friend!  duck 

(I've worked on 747s most of my short 7 year career, so sorry for being biased here)


User currently offlineTN486 From Australia, joined Jul 2008, 941 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 50230 times:



Quoting MWHCVT (Thread starter):



Quoting Keesje (Reply 5):



Quoting N14AZ (Reply 12):

Welcome from another relative new A,Netter albeit on the other side of the world. Yes, it is a little nerve wracking to say the least to commence your first thread however I have found in my short time that 99% of A.netters respect you for who you are, and what you are.

Keesje, your photos put it all into perspective, thank you for that. I have had the pleasure over the last week watching the QF A380 land at Tullamarine (Melbourne) and also numerous 747's.
From a side on view I felt the A380 was stumpy looking and dare I say it, quite "pregnant", as compared to the Queen of the skies (as borne out by N14AZ side on photos). I can tell you, you know when the A380 is in town, from afar the tail is a dead giveaway, it is huge!! As I said in another thread, the A380 will look more gracefull when, in years to come, it is stretched. When you get the chance to see the A380 in the flesh, the engine sounds are astonishing....It is so quiet......I call it the "whisper jet"....believe me it is that quiet.



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User currently offlineStealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5746 posts, RR: 44
Reply 16, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 49959 times:
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This rather poor composite gives some idea of the difference(and similarity) in size.

Big version: Width: 800 Height: 511 File size: 97kb


The two shots were taken approx 2 minutes apart at slightly different focal lengths but the images were scaled so the control tower lined up, comparison may not be exact but is pretty close (tail is about the right amount higher)

Also apologies for the quality, the date was occasion of SQ first A380 flight from SYD and was a terrible day weather wise, photos taken after 6PM at ISO 640 F5.6

Cheers



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User currently offlineAirbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8660 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 47926 times:

So in summary, lengthwise the two are about the same but the A380's wingspan and tail are much greater. That makes sense because the current A380 is actually a shortened version of the "real" A380 [-900].

User currently offlineOlympic472 From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 476 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 47719 times:



Quoting StealthZ (Reply 16):
This rather poor composite - - -

I think you did quite a good job here. Thank you.
The engine comparison is what continually amazes me.



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User currently offlineSwallow From Uganda, joined Jul 2007, 557 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 47696 times:



Quoting TN486 (Reply 15):
the A380 in the flesh, the engine sounds are astonishing....It is so quiet......I call it the "whisper jet"....believe me it is that quiet.

 checkmark  Very true. It is unbelievably quiet for its size. I believe that is partly due to the swept back fan blade design of the Trent 900. It is a joy to watch the engine spool up.

The 380 has stolen the 340s claim to be the 'quietest cabin in the sky'.



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User currently offlineAircellist From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1735 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 47664 times:



Quoting Toni_ (Reply 14):
Wow, talking about how to make the Queen of the Sky look even more beautiful and elegant!!!

I agree on this one... Head on, as in Keesje's pictures, the A380's wing really has something for it, but, from the lower rear side... Let's say the 747 has some kind onf elegance, whereas the A380... is "only" impressive.


User currently offlineAA777223 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1259 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 47593 times:



Quoting Danfearn77 (Reply 6):
Great shot. Just look at the size difference in the engines!

I agree that there is certainly a major difference in engine size. I was also amazed by the growth seen on the A380. It is, however, important to note that BA uses RR RB211s on their 744s, which I believe are the smallest diameter engines available on the aircraft. There is no doubt the A380 engines are much larger, but I just thought it would be important to remember that the PW and GE offerings are slightly larger in diameter.

Great thread topic...



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User currently offlineLexy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2515 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 47188 times:



Quoting Charles79 (Reply 3):
Having said that, the two things that really impressed me about the A380 were its wingspan and the height of its tail. The tail is so high that you can't quite believe it upon seeing it the first time!

Having seen the A380 up close and personal myself, I would agree. I've been on 747's and I've been on the A380 and really the size isn't that huge up close to the 380. That's not to say the plane isn't big because it's huge! But it's just not something that drawrfs the 747 like some would believe. To be honest the A380 is bigger than a 747 no doubt, but their size isn't off by a whole lot.

The parts that really stick out on the A380 are the wings, engines, tail, and interior. The wings and tail are just ridiculously long/wide and tall respectively!



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User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 47017 times:



Quoting Swallow (Reply 19):
Very true. It is unbelievably quiet for its size. I believe that is partly due to the swept back fan blade design of the Trent 900. It is a joy to watch the engine spool up.

Side note; a video in which you can see the blade design and hear the engine spool up (& explode) around minute 4:00 http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=j973645y5AA&feature=related


User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 4090 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 46829 times:

I heard once that each of the engines on the Airbus 380 is the size of a London double decker buss ( I'm spesifcally talking about the hight here ). Is this true ?

25 Post contains images EA772LR : This is kind of like what you're talking about: Welcome to a.net.  Great post to start![Edited 2008-10-06 08:40:10]
26 Pnwtraveler : The new engines are considerably much quieter than the previous generations from inside the aircraft. As the technology filters down to smaller aircra
27 Kiwiandrew : thanks for starting the thread - I have been wanting to see a good comparison myself ... and , oh yeah , welcome to Anet wow ! thanks for that - and
28 Post contains images EA772LR : My post didn't work so let me try again:
29 Swallow : Thanks for sharing the video. The tension in the room was palpable. Wonder what it was like for the GE90-115B blade off test.
30 Aircellist : Thnaks for this interesting picture. I feel it shows clearly that the present A388 really is the short version of an airplane yet to come. Every aero
31 FlyDreamliner : I'm afraid it's the "may never be real A380." As it looks, it's not that probable that it will ever be built, for lack of substantial demand. Indeed!
32 Post contains links AlexA340B777 : Hi all, this is my first post on airliners.net, after I have been reading for 3 or 4 years, finally it was about time to sign up! Though not a foto co
33 MWHCVT : Thank you all for the most friendly welcome that I could have hoped for from the A.net community, Its wonderful to receive such a warm welcome. It was
34 B6JFKH81 : Nice comparison! Quite a difference in the sweep of the wing between the two as well based on that image.
35 Post contains links Bramble : Great shot. Had seen that before,was hoping someone would post it. Heres one of my shots of the EK A380 beside an SQ B744 at JFK: http://www.flickr.c
36 Mortyman : " target=_blank>http://www.spiegel.de/flash/0,5532,1....html Thanx. Very cool !
37 Post contains images EA772LR : You're welcome! I didn't site my source for the image so here it is. Here are some more comparisons:
38 ER757 : Welcome to you both - good to have some new blood. Excellent topic and some great photos and graphics that some have provided!
39 Danfearn77 : Thanks for that! Great website!
40 7gm7 : Welcome - cool thread! Great shot's in post #12 by N14AZ with both acft in same postion.
41 Huaiwei : And here's yet another hours-old airliners.net member wishing everyone well! Well I believe there are many who hope you will not be right, myself incl
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