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Smoothest Aircraft In Turbulence?  
User currently onlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2739 posts, RR: 2
Posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4883 times:

Which is the smoothest a/c during turbulence?

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User currently offlinemichaeljp From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4757 times:

I think you'll struggle to find a definitive answer to that as all aircraft handle turbulence in different ways for one. Secondly one airplane flying through turbulence may experience it to a greater or lesser extent then the previous or next aircraft.

All manufacturers will claim smoothness but its down to whatever happens on the day  

User currently onlineTWA772LR From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 2430 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days ago) and read 4695 times:

The bigger the better. Also, it depends where you are sitting. As close to the wings a possible is the best.

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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15828 posts, RR: 27
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days ago) and read 4645 times:

Any plane with active gust alleviation.

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User currently offlineB777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1461 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days ago) and read 4621 times:

Has much more to do with wing loading than aircraft size. A lightly loaded wing will, by definition, "flap" around more than a highly loaded one. One of the best turbulence penetrators is the DC-9, particularly the shorter winged versions.

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User currently offlineVC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 2982 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days ago) and read 4555 times:
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I love a bit of turbulence, but not heavy and for a long time. I have always felt more comfortable on a 747 than anything else in that situation, but that could be psycological. Or it does support bigger is better. Conversely, I find it more frightening on a RJ.

Once on a 777 I went to the lav, in calm air, however on the way back to my seat we were suddenly hit with a bang of turbulence and I was knocked to the floor. Oddly, it didn't scare me.

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User currently offlinebomber996 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 395 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 3 hours ago) and read 3704 times:

A heavy aircraft with high wing loading.


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User currently offlinebonusonus From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 403 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3561 times:

I would say the A380, just from what I've heard. I bet the 747-8 is close though.

User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3533 times:

I just love riding on the 757 in turbulance.

However, the sickness you get towards the back on a 753 is very noticeable. Lots of side to side movement even in relatively "still" air.

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User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5943 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3474 times:

Quoting bonusonus (Reply 7):
I would say the A380

No. The A380-800 wing is designed for the higher weights of the -900 stretch (which has yet to see the light of day, sadly). So, the wing isn't nearly as highly-loaded as it was designed to be.
Therefore, the A388 is NOT as smooth as it could be.
Conversely, the 747-8 is more airplane on a similar wing to the 744. They did make some changes, but the surface area, if I'm not mistaken, isn't hugely different at all. Therefore, the 748 will likely handle turbulence more comfortable than the 744.

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