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User currently offlineAC_A340 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 2251 posts, RR: 1
Posted (16 years 6 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2367 times:

Is this a real picture? I don't think it is because you can't see the rudder, or maybe I need my eyes checked.

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User currently offlineSammyk From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1702 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (16 years 6 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2164 times:
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Well, it sure is at an official source...but the pic may have been modified to look "pretty" by the website designers.


User currently offlineDan-air From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 614 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (16 years 6 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2142 times:

It looks "doctored" - the titles on the fuselage look too big - aprt from that it's a big beautiful A330 - wish I was driving it!

User currently offlineYwg777 From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 1264 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (16 years 6 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2143 times:

Its real.

User currently offlineMEL From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 1109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (16 years 6 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2138 times:

No, this photo is a fake. I had a Wings magazine issue, sort of like Airways, but solely for Canadian Aviation. In this issue, about 1.5 years ago, it showed the exact same photo about the time Air Canada placed the order for the Airbus A330-300. Thus, seeing as the first photo of actual AC A330s was taken only about 2 mos ago as they were taken out of the factory in Toulouse, it is evident that the photo is a fake. Too bad, cause it is a nice artist's conception.
P.S. YWG777 where do you get your sources?

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User currently offlineFederico From Belgium, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (16 years 6 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2104 times:

I agree with Mel...it is a fake. You can tell it's airbrushed or it's a computer image. Plus one thing that I noticed is that the plane has no registration...they usually have at least a temporary one until it's delivered. Right?

Argentino in Seattle

User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5099 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (16 years 6 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2106 times:

Yep, no registration. Hope the cops pull it over!  

There should be a line of writing, probably where it says "Airbus A330" just forward of the bottom of the rearmost door. Also, the tail number on top of the tail fin is missing.

Look at the second door from the front. On a real picture the painted "N" of "Canada" is on the door. In this picture, the "A" is on the door.

There is no star alliance logo between the cockpit and the front door either.

On the real picture, the stem of the maple leaf in the logo extends down through the circle of the logo but in the photo it does not.

Also, the plane looks too "clean" overall. The wings literally look shiny!

I must say a very well doctored picture!

Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineLonnie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (16 years 6 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2105 times:

possably a pre-service, or promo picture? no tail number or registration either.
they are very nice, had one in yyc last week.

User currently offlineJim From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 455 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (16 years 6 months 8 hours ago) and read 2088 times:

About 3 years ago, I was teaching an aircraft failiarization course for Airport Rescue Fire Fighters. The course highlighted quick 'visual references' to help the ARFF personnel distinguish between types.

For the MD88/90, I had two slides I would use by projecting and pointing out the differences to look for 1) Different engines, 2) diferent Vertical Fin cap, and 3) Two passenger windows between the overwing hatches on the MD 90, but only one on the MD88.

As I was teaching my second class, one of the sharp eyed students said "But that one's only got ONE window." Agast, I closely inspected the slide to verify and he was infact right. At the next break, I went to the MD rep and asked. He looked kind of sheepish and admitted that it was 'Computer Generated' as a press release way before the plane was built.

I incorporated it into my class just for a laugh.


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (16 years 6 months 7 hours ago) and read 2091 times:

If you're asking if this is a photo of the real aircraft in-flight (based on registration number, manufacturing chronology, etc.), it looks like that's already been answered...

If you're asking that question only on the basis that the rudder appears to be missing (irrespective of artist's conception or real photo of aircraft in-flight), well, then I think one needs to consider that not all aircraft have the trailing edges of the rudder and trailing edges of the elevators the same distance from the tip of the tailcone. Indeed, on that basis, it appears that the horizontal stabilizers/elevators are further aft to the point they look weird, i.e. the rudder is "missing" to stay lined up with the trailing edge of the elevators. Maybe the perception is that they have to line up, like the feathers on an arrow... Take a look at a 737 tail some time, and you'll note the same appearance is the Airbus...


User currently offlineF-WWKH From Taiwan, joined Jun 1999, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (16 years 6 months ago) and read 2078 times:

While do not now whether this is fake or not I do indeed see a tail number as well as a F-WW__ registration. Am I the only one seeing that, Frederico, Lonnie, Bruce...?

User currently offlineTedski From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (16 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2066 times:

It's an Air Canada Rolls Royce Trent A330-300. Heard last week that they took delivery of these aircraft.

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