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First Shot Of The First French Air Force's A340

Fri Mar 31, 2006 3:57 pm

And it looks pretty good in those colours.

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RE: First Shot Of The First French Air Force's A340

Fri Mar 31, 2006 4:07 pm

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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RE: First Shot Of The First French Air Force's A340

Fri Mar 31, 2006 4:21 pm

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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RE: First Shot Of The First French Air Force's A340

Fri Mar 31, 2006 5:28 pm

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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RE: First Shot Of The First French Air Force's A340

Fri Mar 31, 2006 6:24 pm

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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RE: First Shot Of The First French Air Force's A340

Fri Mar 31, 2006 7:13 pm

Looks nice. We should get one for Angie as well. Those Interflug A310s may fit to her, but not to the country.
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RE: First Shot Of The First French Air Force's A340

Fri Mar 31, 2006 7:24 pm

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 !!
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RE: First Shot Of The First French Air Force's A340

Fri Mar 31, 2006 7:41 pm

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).

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RE: First Shot Of The First French Air Force's A340

Fri Mar 31, 2006 7:46 pm

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.

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RE: First Shot Of The First French Air Force's A340

Fri Mar 31, 2006 8:42 pm

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
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RE: First Shot Of The First French Air Force's A340

Fri Mar 31, 2006 9:06 pm

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.
 
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RE: First Shot Of The First French Air Force's A340

Sat Apr 01, 2006 12:00 am

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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RE: First Shot Of The First French Air Force's A340

Sat Apr 01, 2006 2:22 am

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.

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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).
 
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RE: First Shot Of The First French Air Force's A340

Sat Apr 01, 2006 3:42 am

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.

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RE: First Shot Of The First French Air Force's A340

Sat Apr 01, 2006 11:44 pm

What is Chirac Force One ?
 
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RE: First Shot Of The First French Air Force's A340

Tue Apr 04, 2006 5:27 pm

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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