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A380 In Arizona?  
User currently offlineOldAeroGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3477 posts, RR: 67
Posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 8867 times:

I was hiking Sabino Canyon in the Tucson area this morning when an A380 in what appeared to be Airbus livery flew over at about FL150.

Anyone know why it was in AZ or was I wrong about the ID?


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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6281 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8290 times:

It was probably the Rolls-Royce 747 that has been here since June. I didn't see it flying today but that would be my bet.


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User currently offlineOldAeroGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3477 posts, RR: 67
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8119 times:

I doubt that it was a 747 based the wing platform and body finess ratio


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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7233 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8066 times:

I didn't see anything but there was a cargo 747 that overflow earlier today en route to MZJ.


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User currently offlinemke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2446 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7907 times:

You know, I was riding my bike to class today just before 2 PM and I saw what looked like a white A330 overflying from East-West. An A330 around here doesn't make a lot of sense, but from where I was that's what it looked like.


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User currently offlineOldAeroGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3477 posts, RR: 67
Reply 5, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7739 times:

The airplane I saw was a quad, not a twin.


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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7233 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7706 times:

Hey oh,d it have been a KC135? We get those all the time.


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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7233 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7551 times:

Apparently it was an AN-124


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User currently offlinemke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2446 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7532 times:

Looks like I was right! It was RD's A332 on its way to MZJ from RFD. RD just ceased operations the other day and I'm assuming its only going into storage and not being scrapped?

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N772RD



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User currently offline4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2999 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6978 times:

I think you might have seen a B747SP that took off from Marana about 11:20AM?
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/P...3/history/20130115/1821Z/KMZJ/CYMX

It's dimensions look funky from below and might look like an A380.



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User currently offlineOldAeroGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3477 posts, RR: 67
Reply 10, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1619 times:

Thanks 4holer, I think you're correct. The time matches my sighting. A 747SP has a wing-to-body size relation similar to the A380 and the body fineness ratios are about the same.

There are so few airworthy 747SP's that I didn't think about that explanation.



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User currently offlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3199 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1608 times:

Yes that's very true, when the A388 became a LHR regular every time I saw one I thought B747SP. I stil do which is worrying or wishful thinking, it's the wing / fuselage proportions I think.

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