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User currently offlineGulfair From Australia, joined Jul 2001, 78 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 10 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1553 times:

Which aircraft do you think has the most graceful and majestic takeoff?

Personally I think it is the A340-300. ALthough slow off the mark, she literally floats off the runway at rotation.

What do you think?

Cheers,

GulfAir.



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User currently offlineAzeem From Pakistan, joined Jul 2000, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1421 times:

The 747s

User currently offlineFly_emirates From United Arab Emirates, joined Oct 2000, 1046 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1405 times:

the 777 take off is always some thing at Dubai

User currently offlineBrian_ga From United States of America, joined May 2001, 290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1351 times:

I have always loved seeing a 747 on takeoff. To me there is nothing more graceful.

Brian_ga



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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1326 times:

747's, no doubt about it!

Staffan


User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24936 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1295 times:

SH360s!  Big thumbs up
Boeing 747s, Airbus 319/320/321.



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User currently offlineMr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1273 times:

The B747s. Especially those heavy ones... just look at their wings when they lift off...

alvin



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User currently offline747 4-ever From Sweden, joined Feb 2001, 604 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1269 times:

747 no doubt!

Daniel


User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1252 times:

B707/DC-8 - low, noisy and smoking. What a beauty.

User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1239 times:

Concorde has the most graceful takeoff when she rotates her nose so increadibly far off the rwy until it gets enough wind under its wings so that it can lift.

Fritzi


User currently offlineUPS763 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1221 times:

Northwest 747-400, fully loaded, wings bending, PW 4056s screaming, Non-stop to Tokyo. BEAUTIFUL!!

Matt


User currently offlineFoilcat From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2001, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1189 times:

The most beautiful one was B744 with R-R engines took off from Kai Tak 13 runway.
You could hear the echo sound reflected by the mountains from both sides of flying path, if you stood at KT ferry pier near the end of the runway.


User currently offlineUS A333 PIT From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 310 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 months 21 hours ago) and read 1151 times:

A heavy A330-300X with Pratts!!

User currently offlineAloha 737-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 1128 times:

747 or A340, hands down.  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineArch89U From United States of America, joined May 2001, 188 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 10 months 18 hours ago) and read 1111 times:

My takeoff in a C172  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

And then, definitely the 777.

Arch89U


User currently offlineAamd11 From UK - Wales, joined Nov 2001, 1059 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (12 years 10 months 17 hours ago) and read 1106 times:

A330s with RRs and 777s.


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User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5517 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (12 years 10 months 17 hours ago) and read 1099 times:

The best one for sure was me in a Cessna StationAir, my first flight. It was really smooth! That's what it felt like to be a real pilot in the left seat! The next smoothest was A340-300! Leaving for my 9 hour flight on Lufthansa A340-300 from ORD-MUC! Best takeoff and flight ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Continental


User currently offlineSkystar From Australia, joined Jan 2000, 1363 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (12 years 10 months 16 hours ago) and read 1072 times:

A340 absolutely. Having said that, it's not very graceful if you happen to have a pilot who follows the centreline at bumpy SIN as if the plane is on train tracks.

Flew D-AIFA on LH, and we had the overhead lockers dancing as we approached Vr. Never had such a bumpy plane - but what would you expect with the wheels bouncing over the runway lights perfectly.

There are times when pilots don't need to be that accurate.

Cheers,

Justin


User currently offlineSmolt From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 278 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1054 times:

full pay loaded B747's flights from NARITA
in Japan non stop to Europe. They must have REAL full range take off without exception and struggle against gravitation. What happens if one engine stops ?
About ATC, they have to contact two departure controls; NARITA and HANEDA because of insuffcient altitude gain.
On the contrary, B747-SR ( specially designed for Japanese domestic flights with short range, about 200 miles at shortest) often request intersection take off and full pitched rocket climb. more than 20 degrees at sight. ..also graceful.

smolt


User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1043 times:

The A340 when it's really heavy. Looks so cool when the wings are producing lift, and bends. JUMMY!!!
Majestic if you ask me.



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User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1984 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1000 times:

I think all aircraft are graceful during takeoff - when the plane first leaves the ground and is in its true element.

My favorite takeoff was when I rode in a Boeing PT-17 Stearman. That loud, leaky radial pulls the plane forward. Wind in your face. Shortly after that, the tail gently lifts up, allowing the air to gently lift the bird's wings. Wow!



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User currently offlineYWG From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 1146 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 994 times:

I think the 777 on take off is sweet. it looks like it takes no effort to get off the ground.


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User currently offlineSchreiner From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 960 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 978 times:

MD-11!


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User currently offlineDash 80 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 309 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 969 times:

Although I am not a big fan of the A340, I have to agree with Gulfair on this one. When that bird lifts off, it just floats away beautifully. Almost like it is weightless.


...where the rubber hits the runway...
User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 16
Reply 24, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 969 times:

The 747's takeoff looks very powerful and graceful, but I think the 777's takeoff is the smoothest and most graceful. It feels great when your inside too! You don't really know when you've left the runway right away, that's how smooth it is!

25 Shawn Patrick : It's strange... my posts usually end conversation on a particular topic. Is this because I sum it up well, or is it just coincidence? Wierd...
26 Lubcha132 : 757
27 Firstclasser : the 757 isnt too grateful
28 ZK-NBT : A fully loaded 747 bound for Asia, LAX or EZE from AKL anyway!
29 The Paul : Definitely the 747.
30 Bhill : Although they are not graceful, the big Anotov and C-5's are impressive...
31 EGGD : The 747, always has been, always will be. Watch it on a sunny evening, far in the distance along the runway as it gently lifts off, the huge wings ele
32 AirNewZealand : Agreed ZK-NBT!! Love seeing that sight. Also the AR and CX A340 are a awesome sight to see!! Cheers mikey
33 AA737-823 : Well, not to go against what everyone else has said BUT... I like the DC-9s. The are really powerful for a small plane, and they climb very quickly an
34 Trickijedi : I'd have to go for the 747 as the most graceful on takeoff - especially when it turns shortly after leaving the ground.
35 Redngold : Here at KCLE we don't see many heavies, so I would have to say: 1. Boeing 757-200 2. Boeing 737-800 or 737-900 For sheer AOA combined with grace: 1. D
36 Hisham : I would say the DC-10. Maybe not the most graceful but definitly the most powerful. Hisham.
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