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First Shot Of The First French Air Force's A340  
User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 8211 times:

And it looks pretty good in those colours.

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User currently offlineAirwave From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1117 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 8191 times:

Looks very nice. You and the caption both say "first" A340, so how many more are there yet to come?

I will say, though, I had to do a double-take, as whatever is on top of that bit of scaffolding above the cockpit looked very much like the front-end of the Millenium Falcon, lol.  Yeah sure

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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 8158 times:

Quoting Airwave (Reply 1):
Looks very nice. You and the caption both say "first" A340, so how many more are there yet to come?

My best guess is that it will be 3 A342s and they will all come from OS.

This particular one, MSN81, used to be Austrian's OE-LAH.

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User currently offlineAirwave From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1117 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 8054 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 2):
My best guess is that it will be 3 A342s and they will all come from OS.

This particular one, MSN81, used to be Austrian's OE-LAH.

Oh, so they're not new frames? Interesting. Do you know if they've done any sort of retrofits or modifications for the Air Force? Thanks for the info, LTU!

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User currently offlineJcded From Switzerland, joined Jan 2004, 213 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 7936 times:

If you look at the pictures you can see artifacts from the austrian livery (tail), will those artifacts disapear or will they remain, because I think that would look awful especially for a head of state aircraft.


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User currently offlineThorben From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7850 times:

Looks nice. We should get one for Angie as well. Those Interflug A310s may fit to her, but not to the country.

User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7828 times:

It looks dreadful - why do the French AF insist on painting those tacky 1960's nasty stripes that went out with the DC-8 on their new aircraft - time for a change !!

User currently offlineKa From Switzerland, joined Apr 2000, 662 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7799 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 2):
My best guess is that it will be 3 A342s and they will all come from OS.

Actually it will be 2 A342. ex-OE-LAG/LAH. OS never had 3 A342.

Quoting Jcded (Reply 4):
because I think that would look awful especially for a head of state aircraft.

I am almost sure that these two A342 will not be head of state a/c, but rather transport a/c to fly military personnell around the globe (for which the French state used to charter normal airliners).

KA.



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User currently offlinePUnmuth@VIE From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 4163 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7789 times:

Quoting Airwave (Reply 3):
Do you know if they've done any sort of retrofits or modifications for the Air Force?

Yep the cabin will also be modified in the next couple of weeks.

The particluar one pictured here is ex OE-LAH (you can still see the aircraft name Asia on the nose.

Peter



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User currently offlineVarig md-11 From France, joined Jul 2000, 1605 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7674 times:

when I was based at CDG 3 years ago, the militaries would use an antiquated retroffited DC8: to repatriated troops from New Caledonia, the plane would do Kangaroo in Indonesia,CMB and DXB.
the most modern option was an ugly A310 with slightly better range
I guess these new buses will partly solve the problem



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User currently offlineBreiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1917 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7602 times:

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 6):
It looks dreadful - why do the French AF insist on painting those tacky 1960's nasty stripes that went out with the DC-8 on their new aircraft - time for a change !!

I agree, but at least it looks better than on the A319s.


User currently offlineTeva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1875 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7366 times:

JGPH1A,
I am sorry, but the colors of this bird have been introduced with the first A310s.
This livery has never been on the DC8s. (and I prefer this old livery)

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User currently offlineA319XFW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7156 times:

Quoting Jcded (Reply 4):
If you look at the pictures you can see artifacts from the austrian livery (tail), will those artifacts disapear or will they remain, because I think that would look awful especially for a head of state aircraft.

What Ka says is also what I heard. The A319CJ's are for VIP and the A340's for troop/cargo transport.

Quoting Ka (Reply 7):
I am almost sure that these two A342 will not be head of state a/c, but rather transport a/c to fly military personnell around the globe (for which the French state used to charter normal airliners).


User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7049 times:

Quoting Thorben (Reply 5):
Looks nice. We should get one for Angie as well.

Maybe once LH gets rid of their first A343, then Angie might get one.  Wink

Quoting Ka (Reply 7):
Actually it will be 2 A342. ex-OE-LAG/LAH. OS never had 3 A342.

I stand corrected. Thanks.

Quoting Ka (Reply 7):
I am almost sure that these two A342 will not be head of state a/c, but rather transport a/c to fly military personnell around the globe (for which the French state used to charter normal airliners).

Kind of sad IMO. I initially thought this would become France's version of Air Force One or Blair Force One. Big grin

Quoting PUnmuth@VIE (Reply 8):
The particluar one pictured here is ex OE-LAH (you can still see the aircraft name Asia on the nose.

BTW, great picture, Peter! Well done.

- Richie


User currently offlineTaromA380 From Romania, joined Sep 2005, 334 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6910 times:

What is Chirac Force One ?

User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 6 hours ago) and read 6672 times:

Quoting TaromA380 (Reply 14):
What is Chirac Force One ?

No idea. Either it's a French Air Force A319CJ or he just charters an Air France 747.

I recall that when Concorde crashed, Chirac was on board an AF 747 going on a state visit somewhere, so Chirac chartering with Air France doesn't seem far fetched.

Just imagine Jacques Chirac chartering an AF A380 (if he stays long enough in office). Big grin


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