United960 From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 36 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8899 times:
MSP had a spectacular sunset last night, and the LH A346 took off at just the right moment. I was on my back deck in South Minneapolis and heard an unusual aircraft noise I didn't recognize. My friends and I all turned around and it flew right over us, heading due north above cedar avenue and then making a nice tight right turn to the east immediately south of downtown. Folks on the south side of the city with a skyline view would have had just a tremendous view of the eastbound turn over downtown. Glad someone caught the video!
GuitrThree From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2077 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 7728 times:
Those things might climb a little better if the gear retracted faster! Watching the video, from 1:00 to 1:24 was the time when the doors first opened, wheels up, doors closed! Almost a half a minute. Maybe it's like this on all big ones, but never seemed to notice that before. Maybe I'm just used to watching a butt load of 737's retract their gear which have no doors on the mains. Cool find however, don't know when the next time we'll ever see a 340-anything here at BNA.
NASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3187 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5576 times:
Quoting sunking737 (Reply 11): Great Video. Didn't NW have the A340 on order? Was in canceled? If not will DL take them?
NWA had the A330 and A340 on order back in the late 1980s early 1990s, but NWA entered bankruptcy around 1992 and cancelled them. NWA reordered the A330 in the mid 1990s but posponed their delivery until 2003, when they finally took delivery of the A330.
Continental also had ordered the A340, but took the 777 instead.
Northwest didn't actually file for bankruptcy in 1992, but it came very close to doing so (and repeatedly threatened their unions with it) while it was dealing with the financial aftermath of the leveraged buyout in 1989. It was during this period that they cancelled their longhaul Airbus orders.
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