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Is This Real?

Tue Nov 30, 1999 1:39 pm

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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RE: Is This Real?

Tue Nov 30, 1999 1:54 pm

Well, it sure is at an official source...but the pic may have been modified to look "pretty" by the website designers.

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RE: Is This Real?

Tue Nov 30, 1999 2:03 pm

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!
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RE: Is This Real?

Tue Nov 30, 1999 2:13 pm

Its real.
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Nope It Is Fake!

Tue Nov 30, 1999 3:45 pm

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.
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RE: Not Real

Wed Dec 01, 1999 4:50 am

I agree with 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?

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RE: Is This Real?

Wed Dec 01, 1999 5:16 am

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!
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RE: Is This Real?

Wed Dec 01, 1999 5:25 am

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

Mon Dec 06, 1999 2:05 pm

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.

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Two Questions, Really..

Mon Dec 06, 1999 3:11 pm

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...

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RE: Is This Real?

Mon Dec 06, 1999 10:50 pm

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...?

RE: Is This Real?

Tue Dec 07, 1999 5:22 am

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

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