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First Flying A350 Prototype Rolls Out  
User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9069 posts, RR: 76
Posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 45523 times:
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I guess many of you have seen it already:

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...CFGFG%7Ctwitterfeed%7CFlightglobal

Pictures of the first A350.

What do you guys think? Like? Dislike?

Thanks.

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User currently offlinemigair54 From Spain, joined Jun 2007, 1750 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 45545 times:

WOWWWWWWW

Times flies so fast... when is first flight schedule??

It looks awesome and weird at the same time.... because the parts missing and the paint but it will be an awesome plane...

i don´t know why but i though she´s going to get the same landing gear than a B777 but maybe that´s only for the -1000 version.


User currently offlineChiad From Norway, joined May 2006, 1153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 45475 times:

I love it.
Thanks for posting wilco737.


User currently offlineSKAirbus From Norway, joined Oct 2007, 1740 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 45446 times:

It looks much sleaker than I thought it would!! It's going to be one hot plane  


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User currently offlineAntonovA330 From Switzerland, joined Jul 2007, 343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 45413 times:

Quoting wilco737 (Thread starter):
What do you guys think? Like? Dislike?

Hmm, aesthetically, it doesn't look too appealing at this stage. Let's wait and see how it looks when it's more progressed, particularly with engines.



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User currently offlineEPA001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 4764 posts, RR: 39
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 45405 times:
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Quoting AntonovA330 (Reply 4):
Let's wait and see how it looks when it's more progressed, particularly with engines.

It already looks much better then in the computer renders imho. And with the engines, the wing tips and a paint job it will look stunning imho.  .


User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9069 posts, RR: 76
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 45391 times:
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Quoting AntonovA330 (Reply 4):
particularly with engines.

Yes, the engines make a big difference in the general look. Without engines it looks strange, but I guess with engines attached it could look a lot better than it does now.

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User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6771 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 45299 times:

Hmm.. looks like a 757 to me.. but, that's just my opinion..


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User currently offlineLostSound From Canada, joined May 2012, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 45245 times:

I already think it's sexier then the 777. I'll hold off on a final opinion until it's painted though.


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User currently offlinesenchingo From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 45210 times:

I kind of like it.

As you said - without engines it has this "ready to scrap" look, but once they are mounted it will look quite nice.
To me, the MLG looks surprisingly long (but maybe that's also because no engines are next to it yet).
Maybe the -1000 will look much more massive when it gets the T7 MLG.


User currently offline0NEWAIR0 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 939 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 45156 times:

How tall is the 350? It looks like its belly is awkwardly high off the ground but it may just be the picture angles.


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User currently offlineLostSound From Canada, joined May 2012, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 45103 times:

Quoting 0NEWAIR0 (Reply 10):

How tall is the 350? It looks like its belly is awkwardly high off the ground but it may just be the picture angles.

It's missing the undercarriage and engines. I think once those are on, it won't look so fragile.  



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User currently offlineSKAirbus From Norway, joined Oct 2007, 1740 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 45101 times:

The wheels are interesting.. Obviously the nose design is based on the A380 but looks a lot more stylish (the gear bay is similar) also the main landing gear looks different... Apparently it is very similar to the design used on the VC10... I'm looking forward to seeing the completed bird!


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User currently offlinezeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 9113 posts, RR: 75
Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 45012 times:

Quoting wilco737 (Thread starter):

It is not really the roll-out it is moving it from one production station to another, just like they move the fuselage on wheels to the station it was removed from for wing installation.



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User currently offlinemigair54 From Spain, joined Jun 2007, 1750 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 45013 times:

Quoting 0NEWAIR0 (Reply 10):
How tall is the 350? It looks like its belly is awkwardly high off the ground but it may just be the picture angles.

So much weight still to come.... just the engines are a few tonnes, plus interiors, equipments.... and undercarriages..


User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9069 posts, RR: 76
Reply 15, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 44989 times:
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Quoting zeke (Reply 13):
It is not really the roll-out it is moving it from one production station to another, just like they move the fuselage on wheels to the station it was removed from for wing installation.

I just quoted the headling the article used...

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User currently offlinetravelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1619 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 44954 times:

Quoting ERJ170 (Reply 7):
looks like a 757 to me.. but, that's just my opinion..

Not just your opinion! Except for the nose it looks a lot like a 757 (to me at least), and that's a good thing!  
Quoting LostSound (Reply 8):
I already think it's sexier then the 777

Although I am a bit of an A-fanboy I must say there a few things sexier than the 777, and at the moment the A350 isn't one of them (yet).

Quoting LostSound (Reply 11):
It's missing the undercarriage

Check below where the wheels are attached, it think that might be the undercarriage.



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User currently offlineGiancavia From Vatican City, joined Feb 2010, 1384 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 44934 times:

Came out at the right time of year with that nose eh.

User currently offlinezeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 9113 posts, RR: 75
Reply 18, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 44856 times:

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 15):
I just quoted the headling the article used...

I understand, rollout is a milestone used in industry normally associated with the completion of assembly and moving to the flight line. The time between rollout and first flight is often indicative of delays in the testing.

WingedMigrator (http://www.airliners.net/profile/wingedmigrator) has done a great chart tracking the different production steps on previous programs, milestones like rollout come to an important marker when comparisons are made, it helps us track delays.



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User currently offlineB777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1368 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 44657 times:

Nose is all wrong for an Airbus. In fact, it looks just as wrong as the nose of a 787. Don't like neither, though I am a big fan of the spiritual ancestor of both: The Comet. Too bad both Toulouse and Seattle made such a crap job of copying it.


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User currently offlineEPA001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 4764 posts, RR: 39
Reply 20, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 44650 times:
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Quoting B777LRF (Reply 19):
Too bad both Toulouse and Seattle made such a crap job of copying it.

I guess the laws of aerodynamics are to blame. And not Seattle or Toulouse.  . And I think both the B787 and A350 are looking very good.


User currently offlineclydenairways From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 1235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 44626 times:

The profile of the front reminds me of the Vanguard/Merchantman


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User currently offlineLostSound From Canada, joined May 2012, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 44591 times:

Quoting travelavnut (Reply 16):
few things sexier than the 777

It's all in opinion, to me the 777 doesn't have really any style. Kind of the average looking plane.
Definitely not ugly, but nothing to write home about.

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Check below where the wheels are attached, it think that might be the undercarriage.

It's not completed. You can still see all the exposed wiring and airframe parts hanging below the belly.  Wink

[Edited 2012-12-04 05:54:54]


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User currently offlineairbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8413 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 44552 times:

Looks as if a 757 and an ERJ had a baby  

User currently offlinecelestar From Singapore, joined Jul 2001, 400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 44348 times:

OMG, I thought the B787 looks ugly but this is even worse looking!!
Is there a reason why Airbus change their graceful look? Aerodynamic?


25 Post contains images travelavnut : I got the 767 reserved for that label
26 na : Ugly front end as expected. The A330/340 is a beauty against it. Otherwise, a boring big twinjet like everyone else.
27 Post contains images flood : Fix her up, slap on some paint and a pair of rollers and she'll look fantastic
28 N62NA : Agree 100%. Though I'm happy that finally they got rid of that awful "tapering" or whatever you call it that was at the rear of the plane where the l
29 JAAlbert : It looks like a big 757 with a more-pointed nose.
30 peterinlisbon : Somehow I think it doesn't quite look ready to fly.
31 BlueSky1976 : I like the wings. I don't like the nose.
32 DTWPurserBoy : It sure has an interesting nose! The A330 and 340 are beautiful aircraft (unlike the 380, IMHO) and I look forward to seeing her painted and taking to
33 Acheron : It's weird seeing an Airbus single-deck widebody that doesn't look like an A300.
34 vfw614 : When comparing with the most recent WB design - much better looking than the 787 which looks like a chubby barrel with no proper legs.
35 Ronaldo747 : Don't like the nose section. Even the 777 looks more interesting. Just my 2 cts.
36 Post contains images AirPacific747 : I agree. The nose section on both the 787 and A350 look horrible. Why didn't Airbus go with this design? So much better!
37 Post contains images Aquila3 : Mmmm. looking at the 2nd picture, from the height of the wingtip it looks tall indeed. OK, maybe with the engines and the winglets it will flex down
38 Post contains links and images btblue : Starting to look like an aeroplane... really nice what I see so far. Once the engines are on it's gonna look really cool - the profile at which they h
39 Post contains images lufthansi : Looks like a 787 after re-entering the atmosphere from outer space and suffering from the friction heat...
40 vfw614 : Is the landing gear the real stuff or just some interim gear used to roll the airframe around? I seem to remember that often some non-functional stuff
41 baldwin471 : Looks like a 757 on Steroids. I like it. Will look even better when it has engines/WT and a paint job.
42 Post contains images ER757 : To me as well - of course it's not "finished" yet so looking forward to the end product Yep, that should do it
43 Drmlnr1 : It looks unique. The 787 is a much sleeker aircraft. What's up with the red nose? Are they calling that bird Rudolph??? (Just a little holiday humor)
44 Post contains images MadameConcorde : From the aesthetics point of view, I don't like what I see on the picturres. I think the Dreamliner is much much more beautiful, elegant, a true clas
45 DocLightning : I agree with those who are a bit bugged by the nose. The weird "crook" in the nose just below the cockpit windows is off. It's too obtuse of an angle,
46 kaitak : The nose is very similar to the 787, no doubt about it, BUT I think it looks great, I really do. Sometimes a new acft takes a while to grow on me (the
47 Post contains images sqsfo : it looks like a stretched boeing 757, and I actually like those. At the same time, I think the photographs were not detailed enough and could have bee
48 sweair : A bit bae146 looking nose? The ugly windows of the A380 really smears it. I am not too found of the A330 nose either though.
49 Post contains images Areopagus : It's family resemblance. They all look like that as babies.
50 JAAlbert : The nose really seems elongated. How do the pilots see the ground over that thing?
51 klmcedric : The MD-11 is a cool and mighty looking plane. The 747 still remains the best looking plane out there. The A330 is the best looking NG plane. The 777 i
52 Post contains links and images LostSound : I hope they paint the window gaps like they have in all of their press images. That looks pretty awesome! Almost like the original concept.
53 Post contains images autothrust : That's what i'm asking me the whole time. This would have been so gorgeous much more beatiful then 777, 787, and even the graceful A330/A340 nose. Fo
54 N14AZ : What I find interesting - and I wonder why nobody adressed this issue so far - is the distance between the two MLG carriages. It looks, well, "extra w
55 KFLLCFII : That's a great looking aircraft. The first Airbus I actually find visually appealing.
56 ikramerica : Looks like Airbus rolled out the 789 before Boeing could.
57 davs5032 : I think you can attribute the 787's "chubby" appearance to it being the shrunken version in the family. The A358, had it been rolled out first, likel
58 Post contains images astuteman : I think it will look graceful and elegant too (and remarkably similar to the 787..) LOL
59 LH600 : I love airbus but this kind of looks like a 757/TU-204...
60 motorhussy : It will look a lot better with the the nose gear's forward-front doors closed while the undercarriage is extended. Yes the nose does resemble that of
61 DocLightning : Does anyone know why they made the change? Obviously, Airbus has little regard for the external aesthetic of their aircraft (I get the sense that the
62 okAY : Well said! I do not like the B787 and I am not impressed by A350. But is it just the fact that we are not yet used to the design, thus we need to let
63 glideslope : Like the nose section. Looks like a wide 757. Will be interested to see the wing performance. Looks fairly generic IMO. Exciting times.
64 TrnsWrld : Im not gonna be one of those guys that says it looks ugly because as we all know its all about aerodynamics, but to me this plane looks like an A330 w
65 QANTAS747-438 : What a rip... looks just like a 787. Cockpit windows and all. Wow.
66 bjwonline : To me the cockpit windows look a bit creepy, kind of like a gas mask from WWII. I'm just not sure, the whole thing just looks a bit awkward, I wish I
67 Post contains images motorhussy : Well this is clearly in the eye of the beholder as I find the 788 a stubby funny looking design like the 733. The triple-7, while an incredible aircr
68 Post contains images tayser : a very very large baby
69 SmittyOne : My first thought also. I guess both have found a similar optimal solution to the problem at hand...
70 Post contains images EPA001 : So true, so true!
71 Post contains images DocLightning : Really? I think the Comet is closest to the 787 nose in that it has a perfectly smooth side profile with no change in angle at the lower edge of the
72 Post contains links ferpe : Here some more fuel for the discussion, the lady in person live outside on a rainy December day in Toulouse going from hangar 40 to 30: http://www.you
73 sawtooth : Unfortunately that videos aspect ratio has changed making the plane look very stubby/squashed, not very useful in assessing the new design.
74 ThomasCook : Looks great to me! With regards to the 'original design'; economics and practicalities reign supreme over aviation enthusiasts desires.
75 BritishB747 : Must be designed for those hot and high empire routes.
76 seachaz : Looks like a plucked chicken with the engines off and fairings around the wings roots removed. Still its a much more lanky looking bird then I expecte
77 airbuster : Very ugly nose due to those weird front windows. Otherwise just another twin wide body jet. Prefer the 787 even though I'm a 330 fan. Not looking forw
78 justloveplanes : Have to agree, the shaping looks similar with a lower apex / point versus say a 777 nose apex more in the middle. However I also agree it's better lo
79 RussianJet : My word, I had no idea we were at this point already! This is properly exciting. While it's only possible to tell so muuch until the paint and the eng
80 TPAJAY : I think as technology in carbon fiber and in other aerodynamic properties evolve, they all, no matter from which corporation or brand, will look a li
81 Post contains images EPA001 : I am sorry, but as a great fan of aviation I look forward to frankly every flight. Even if the airplane is old(er) or maybe not my favorite airplane
82 baldwin471 : Because you don't like how it looks? How does that make any difference to your in-flight comfort? If you aren't looking forward to flying it, don't f
83 brilondon : I agree with the above statements, and I find that I will have to wait for the finished product and see it in the air before I will call it ugly, but
84 tdscanuck : The same requirements at basically the same size being solved by the same physics and same technology...shocker, they look the same. Tom.
85 RussianJet : Precisely. I suppose they should have made it a triplane with six engines - pretty much the only way that people weren't going to leap to the oh so p
86 BoeEngr : With you 100%. Frankly, there are designs I like more than others, but ugly is a strong word, and I don't think Airbus or Boeing make a single "ugly"
87 baldwin471 : The Boeing fanboys would still find something to criticise if they made that :P
88 william : Like someone stated, its weird seeing a widebody Airbus that does not look like an A300. The aviation enthusiasts and kiddos may not like the nose but
89 nitepilot79 : To be blunt; this nose, like the 787's, has a very downward-pointed look. I hate this look. Also, each aircrafts' flight deck windows resemble somethi
90 Post contains images 817Dreamliiner : For me its looks ok, but the nose gear is too far forward in my opinion. Makes it look weird. But great to finally see it
91 Post contains images EPA001 : Thanks for that. . They sure are. You are 100% correct imho.
92 Post contains images Braybuddy : Another boring underwing twin without even the graceful upsweep taper of the A330 to make it visually appealing. This would have looked great thirty y
93 gingersnap : The nose needs to be "larger" if you know what I mean to please me aesthetically. It looks like the A350 ran into a wall nose first and this is the re
94 baldwin471 : That is far more aerodynamically efficient than anything else (excluding 787).
95 AF185 : The front section, especially the cockpit windows, looked much nicer on that design indeed!
96 tdscanuck : That's because it points downwards more...the point on the radome is lower on both. Nobody that's making a purchase decision cares what they look lik
97 IMissPiedmont : The A340-500/600 will have no problem retaining the Airbus beauty title.
98 RussianJet : I think the final effect of engines, paint and other bits being added is being underestimated. It looks weird at the moment because it's so bare and u
99 cosyr : Maybe paint will help, but that is ugly. It is too long and narrow, and this is the smallest version? I hate the Windshield, it looks like a Russian p
100 sqa380fan : Couldn't agree with you more. It was making my OCD go out of control.
101 baldwin471 : That isn't a bad thing. Lots of Russain planes look better than their Airbus/Boeing counterparts.
102 Post contains links and images prebennorholm : Right. You could say forty years ago. Without the wingtips it is like an overgrown Dassault Mercure of the 60'es. If only the Mercure had got its int
103 ER757 : Shocking indeed - what were the odds of that happening? I want to see it all decked out with engines and winglets and a nice coat of paint in dayligh
104 jet-lagged : Not bad looking, and I think it looks 757-ish too. I'm surprised it looks kinda skinny. Strapping the engines on will probably add perspective and fat
105 usair330 : I would have to see it completed, but so far it looks heavy and weird.
106 odwyerpw : Holy ground clearance. That plane has long legs. I can't wait to see it officially rollout after paint. It is going to be a beautiful plane.
107 aerokiwi : No, it's not. Yeah, they appear to have conceded it's necessary to make it aesthetically appealing. Pug ugly otherwise. I agree - the forward nose do
108 baldwin471 : I think that title has to go to the 767.
109 TJCAB : seriously? Because of its looks? Hard for me to imagine any member of this site making such a statement w/o even flying the thing; but then again, it
110 aerobalance : That is one ugly aircraft - too bad.
111 boeingorbust : At first glance I thought it was a 757 haha! Didn't really seem to get the hype that the 787 got that's for sure!!
112 btblue : 757 and VC-10 are my all time favourites. I'm adding this one to that list. Great pane, different looking and I can't wait to see it rotate and rocket
113 swallow : Her wings look beautiful when viewed from the rear. Thank you Airbus UK, for designing another set of graceful wings. I expect this bird to exceed exp
114 giosetti : The nose section of A350 XWB reminds me of Space Shuttle. In my eyes 787 and A340 are the sexiest bird around, 787 quoting - as others have said - Car
115 Post contains images DocLightning : Well, they mostly care about what the balance sheets say... You may think it's ugly, but a true enthusiast is enthusiastic whenever any new type flie
116 Post contains images shamrock350 : Looks great to me! The nose is interesting, clearly inherited a lot from the A380 and those cockpit windows give it a very mean look, especially when
117 817Dreamliiner : Can never please a.netters can they? lol. Im not targeting you in any way at all, but I think we just need to get with the times, Theres nothing wron
118 abba : I am afarid that people underestimate how much paint will do - in particular to the nose section as it is now having several shades of green. ??? I f
119 aviatorcraig : The brutal fact is commercial aviation economics are driven by those that travel inside the plane, not those that look at it from the other side of th
120 Post contains images a36001 : What an awkward looking aircraft. I am sure it will be beautiful once completed though...
121 hb88 : It looks awesome. I like the nose/window configuration/shape. Also, once installed, the belly fairing with its long rearward strake will look sweet. I
122 Post contains images Braybuddy : Looks like I'm showing my age, but there was a time when you could very easily pick out aircraft from a distance! I know the reasons why aircraft are
123 817Dreamliiner : I understand where your coming from. Even though im in my 20s, ive had my share of spotting of the previous generation of aircraft and you are right
124 airbuster : Guys I completely understand what you mean. But I should have elaborated my comment, I mean it from a Pilot's point of view. I'm not looking forward
125 Post contains images CXB77L : Congratulations to Airbus on reaching this milestone. Personally, I think the A350 is a fine looking aircraft. I don't understand why people are calli
126 na : I certainly find nothing to celebrate about negative developments in design, developments that lead to less variety and less attractiveness. Granted,
127 TJCAB : ...and the airlines can't care less about that. As said before, planes don't sell on their visual merits (like some cars). The A-380 has proven to be
128 holzmann : I will echo the 757 sentiments. But it needs engines for proper visual balance.
129 Post contains images EPA001 : If I am not mistaken this is the first Airbus which is equipped with curved windows in the cockpit. That is already very special and will show a lot
130 zeke : A reading light that would allow for the illumination of enroute maps when unfolded to around the size of a newspaper, nice shades that can block the
131 sprout5199 : the nosegear doors look odd. reminds me of another plane but I can't put my finger on it right now. sort of like a Canadair CL-215. I wonder how much
132 Focker : Zeke, is Airbus (and B for that matter) doing anything with comments from flight crew like yourselves in designing their new aircraft?
133 babybus : Airbus have done a great job stylizing the A350. Once the wing tips go on it will look one very graceful bird. It all looks very sleek.
134 brilondon : Yeah, mean is what they are going for, then a goatee painted on the front to try to improve its look. I see your point, but you know why all aircraft
135 tdscanuck : I shudder to think about a meeting with the regulators where you propose to pump low oxygen air into the pressurized cabin volume. Boeing has, not su
136 Post contains links zeke : They do, however the message sometimes gets lots in translation between the end use and the designer, they have different points of view, and differe
137 na : So what. I must not follow the preferences of the airlines´ beancounters, I can say what I think, and I dont like what I see. period. Form follows f
138 Post contains links and images rikkus67 : Just a quick note: If I remember correctly, the Caravelle used the Comet nose. I have to agree with the people who have referenced the Vanguard. I wo
139 sankaps : I agree. I understand the shape of the nose is determined by aerodynamics... but how about the shape of the cockpit windows? Any reason they have to
140 Post contains images KELPkid : I'll bet it will look much better in fully assembled form Looks somewhat incomplete at the moment, it doesn't even have slats and fairings installed!
141 Post contains images EPA001 : They do not look weird to me at all. They are beautiful. And I repeat that if I am not mistaken these are the first curved windows Airbus is using in
142 rj777 : So when is it going to get fully painted?
143 incitatus : Designs have converted to the best set-up - just like we cannot tell buses' makers by just looking at the windows. Airplanes = Buses with wings
144 Acheron : Commonality with the A380.
145 tdscanuck : Cockpit windows are a phenomenal pain in the rear. Airplanes don't like flat surfaces in general, glass makers hate not-flat surfaces, pilots hate no
146 hb88 : Keep in mind that the main nose-gear doors will be normally closed when the gear is extended (as per the 380 etc). Airbus a/c always look a little we
147 maxter : With the Sud Aviation Caravelle being one of my favorite aircraft in my youth so many years ago, this does have some nostalgic effect on me and I real
148 sankaps : Makes sense. Howver haven't curved glass cockpit windows been around for a while now? L1011 and the 747 both appear that way, but I may be wrong...
149 Post contains images liftsifter : Seems everyone on A.net has forgotten what the 787 looked like in production? Give it time, the A350 will shine in the skies, just like the 787.
150 nomadd22 : Then again, it might be a good way to quiet down rambunctious New Zealand soccer teams.
151 Post contains images EPA001 : Very good comparison. . And she turned out to be a beautiful aircraft. No doubt that will also be the case for the A350-XWB.
152 tdscanuck : The 747 is definitely curved, at least on the #1 windows. I'm not sure about the L-1011. Curved glass has been available for a long time, the glass g
153 PITingres : I don't know if I would say curved glass is hard, exactly. Expensive, yes absoutely. It's simple enough, you run the flat glass plates thru a lehr (fu
154 tdscanuck : That's the basic process, except you need to do it for a complex laminate. Aircraft windows aren't just glass, there are glass layers on front and ba
155 Post contains links abba : As to the windows I think that this is most of all a question of using shaded glass and doing the right paint job. If you look carefully the the rende
156 lostsound : Yes, I too am wondering if the final aircraft will carry on the blacked out cockpit window frames. Looks really sharp like that!
157 abba : Whether it will or not I don't know - but is certainly has the potential.
158 liftsifter : I have a feeling the blacked out windows was just a way to say, "hey, look how futuristic that A350 looks..."
159 rbgso : I think it will be one sexy looking bird when fully assembled. Agree she looks a little dodgy with the nose gear doors open, but that will not be the
160 lexer : What a beauty! I love the long legs and the space shuttle windows. The 787 has very short and stubby legs, that can't be good. It looks too much like
161 liftsifter : Actually, doesn't Boeing tout the low to ground 787 and 737 as better and faster for ground operations?
162 tdscanuck : They definitely do for the 737. I don't recall them saying anything like that for the 787...although short for it's size, the 787 is still far off th
163 Post contains images TJCAB : and one could say the 787 from caravelle and that from comet and that copied from vanguard...we can go on, then the A340 from IL86 indeed! ..just lik
164 autothrust : Disagree, i the 787 doesn't have many similarity with the 767. And the uglies plane around is definitvly the 777.
165 hb88 : The low to ground 737 is an artefact of the 60's design - it's certainly not a feature. I recall that integrating modern turbofans in the > -200 7
166 sankaps : My vote for the ugliest goes to the A380. Love the aircraft as a passenger though!
167 bluesky73 : I will wait until the new girl gets her full make up before passing judgement. Agree nose is different but certainly think this will look nice once co
168 starrymarkb : At the moment they don't really. The Japanese seem to favour Duck Bill noses while Europeans are more conventional pointed (with some exceptions) Tho
169 thijs1984 : This 757 version 2.0 o/ like it
170 brilondon : This is exactly my opinion. But even the ugliest child has its lovers. The A350 will have to be in its natural environment, flying for me to say if i
171 b757capt : I thought it looked like a 321 on drugs! Very neat!
172 tdscanuck : You may want to tell Boeing that...they've marketed the heck out of "eye level maintenance" for decades. Tom.
173 kanban : I think you will find the 727 was also close to the ground.. a major weight saving item especially with integral air stairs.. However back to the subj
174 Post contains images DocLightning : It rolled out of a building for the first time. It didn't slide out. It didn't ride out on something. Or walk out. Or fly out. Or even swagger out. I
175 BD338 : I find the A330 one of the most graceful aircraft in the skies today, to me the 787 looks like an updated 767 and first impressions of the 350 it look
176 abba : Reserve that judgement also until the fuselage and wings are completed and engines are mounted - it certainly also will change the way she looks. The
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