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A380 Distinguishing Details

Mon Jan 10, 2005 8:03 am

Im hoping one-day to catch the A380 overflying my house on its way to New York (I live in south Manchester on the trans-atlantic routing.)
Im just wondering when the A380 becomes as commonplace as the 747 what "features" from the ground could I see to be able to identify the aircraft (eg you can tell the difference between a A320 from a 737.)
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RE: A380 Distinguishing Details

Mon Jan 10, 2005 8:16 am

Maybe seeing a plane with four engines that has a wingspan much greater than its fuselage length...Can't think of another one that comes to mind with such a great ratio?
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RE: A380 Distinguishing Details

Mon Jan 10, 2005 9:38 am

A380 Distinguishing Details...

Ummmm, wouldn't the most obvious and distinguishing detail perhaps be the double-decker rows of windows running very nearly the entire length of the aircraft?

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RE: A380 Distinguishing Details

Mon Jan 10, 2005 9:40 am

Besides the obvious, how about the snub-nose largemouth bass look of it? It's contradictory to the term "pointy end."
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RE: A380 Distinguishing Details

Mon Jan 10, 2005 9:41 am

AAgent,

I believe Planespotterx means how to identify it when it is directly overhead. Planespotterx, please correct me if i'm wrong.
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RE: A380 Distinguishing Details

Mon Jan 10, 2005 9:42 am

I meant if it was flying overhead at say FL350 or however high, would there be a significant difference in size compared to the 747, I know one way i could tell a 747/A340 from the A380 would be by the engine size, but would the wheel-bays be visible?
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RE: A380 Distinguishing Details

Mon Jan 10, 2005 9:45 am

Seeing as nobody has ever seen it fly (as it is yet to), wouldn't it be better to ask this in a month or more when somebody actually has some experiance with it?
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RE: A380 Distinguishing Details

Mon Jan 10, 2005 9:45 am

Kfllcfii,

Given that this aircraft has never been off of the ground (as yet), perhaps it might be difficult for us to judge it from beneath. But I have the distinct feeling that this bird will be no problem to identify when it's directly overhead...you'll know it's the A380 because the sun will be in total eclipse!

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RE: A380 Distinguishing Details

Mon Jan 10, 2005 9:47 am

35,000 ft is seven miles, but even at that distance I think the sheer size of this aircraft will define itself, the way you can tell a 777 from any other twin. There is something about the size, the scale and relative speeds etc. It's supposedly only 10% bigger than a 747 in capacity, weight etc, but I am stunned by how big it looks. This is the first time a jet airliner looks like a small cruise ship. Unmistakable, I'd say.
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RE: A380 Distinguishing Details

Mon Jan 10, 2005 9:51 am

Mostlikely will be the wing span as there is a 15m difference from a B747.

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