broncoguy
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A380 First Flight

Tue Sep 06, 2005 7:53 am

A professor of mine, who teaches Introduction to Aviation, recently was telling the class about how on the A380s first flight it actually had a tail scrape. I was just wondering if this was really true, cuz Ive never heard about that before now. Just wondering
 
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RE: A380 First Flight

Tue Sep 06, 2005 7:57 am

Quoting Broncoguy (Thread starter):
A professor of mine, who teaches Introduction to Aviation, recently was telling the class about how on the A380s first flight it actually had a tail scrape. I was just wondering if this was really true, cuz Ive never heard about that before now. Just wondering

He was wrong. The first take off was recorded by hundreds of cameras and none of them showed a tail strike. He may have neen refering to several tests where that was deliberetly done.
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RE: A380 First Flight

Tue Sep 06, 2005 7:59 am

Quoting Espion007 (Reply 1):
He was wrong. The first take off was recorded by hundreds of cameras and none of them showed a tail strike. He may have neen refering to several tests where that was deliberetly done.

Thats what I thought, I was sure that if it had really happened then it would have been all over here and I never saw anything... Thanks
 
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RE: A380 First Flight

Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:46 am

As much as I think the A380 will be a 'white elephant', it's clear by this photo taken the second it became airborne for the first time there was no tail strike and he was wrong.

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RE: A380 First Flight

Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:54 am

Quoting Broncoguy (Thread starter):
A professor of mine, who teaches Introduction to Aviation, recently was telling the class about how on the A380s first flight it actually had a tail scrape.

A very competent professor, I am sure that you will learn a lot of "interesting" stuff from him.

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RE: A380 First Flight

Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:54 am

Even if your professor is wrong, I wouldn't push the issue. Tends to be bad for the grades.
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RE: A380 First Flight

Tue Sep 06, 2005 9:02 am

I wasnt going to push the issue, I was just wondering if it was true or not, its going to be an easy A class anyways if it keeps going like it is.
 
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RE: A380 First Flight

Tue Sep 06, 2005 10:19 am

Your professor wouldn't happen to be Ward Churchill ?   

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RE: A380 First Flight

Tue Sep 06, 2005 10:39 am

Is the professor works for Boeing?

 duck  Sorry, couldn't resist.
 
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RE: A380 First Flight

Tue Sep 06, 2005 11:05 am

Quoting Halibut (Reply 7):
Your professor wouldn't happen to be Ward Churchill ?



Quoting Afterburner (Reply 8):
Is the professor works for Boeing?

No, hahahaha, he isnt and I dont think so... but he is kind of weird.
 
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RE: A380 First Flight

Tue Sep 06, 2005 11:18 am

Quoting Broncoguy (Reply 9):
but he is kind of weird

That explains everything. Big grin
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RE: A380 First Flight

Tue Sep 06, 2005 11:43 am

Quoting Afterburner (Reply 10):
That explains everything.
I bet he's not a member of A.net.

God I hope not
 
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RE: A380 First Flight

Tue Sep 06, 2005 12:01 pm

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 3):
As much as I think the A380 will be a 'white elephant'

Why do YOU think it will be a 'white elephant'?

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RE: A380 First Flight

Tue Sep 06, 2005 1:29 pm

What School do you go to?
 
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RE: A380 First Flight

Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:17 pm

Quoting RJ777 (Reply 13):
What School do you go to?

He can't tell you that, you might be the lecturer! Big grin
 
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RE: A380 First Flight

Tue Sep 06, 2005 9:05 pm

Quoting Broncoguy (Thread starter):
on the A380s first flight it actually had a tail scrape

Either he is a nutty professor as described in some other reactions or he said the test pilots did a tail strike on purpose on "one of the first" flights, which is true....

In that case you were not paying attention very well!  Big grin
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RE: A380 First Flight

Tue Sep 06, 2005 9:22 pm

Quoting Broncoguy (Reply 9):
but he is kind of weird.



Quoting Afterburner (Reply 10):
I bet he's not a member of A.net

 rotfl   rotfl 

Trying hard to figure out whether that was sarcasm or said in all seriousness!  biggrin 

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RE: A380 First Flight

Wed Sep 07, 2005 1:02 am

As there has been a lot of wishful thinking, disguised as 'informed speculation' on here, claiming that Airbus are somehow keeping problems with the A380 secret, I should perhaps direct those interested either way, to this week's Flight International.
It features on pages 18-19 a report on A380 flight test progress so far, including talking to crews, discussion of the delays caused by a multitude of different cabin configs, but mostly it's about the scope of the flight testing so far.
 
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RE: A380 First Flight

Wed Sep 07, 2005 1:12 am

It's amazing what people will make up (or hope for) for the A380. When you think about it though -- only the truly powerful/great will garner so many detractors/enemies :p
 
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RE: A380 First Flight

Wed Sep 07, 2005 1:21 am

Maybe the Professor is confusing the Tail skid tests.
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RE: A380 First Flight

Wed Sep 07, 2005 2:35 am

Quoting Broncoguy (Thread starter):
A professor of mine, who teaches Introduction to Aviation, recently was telling the class about how on the A380s first flight it actually had a tail scrape.

He must be high on Skydrol...
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RE: A380 First Flight

Wed Sep 07, 2005 3:05 am

This is why he teaches only Introduction to Aviation - cannot get his tail scrapes together! Or maybe just poor eyesight or an axe to grind with Airbus. At any rate, if I were you I would not pursue the issue with the prof - bad for grades. Besides it is only an Introduction course, you know better than him anyway.
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RE: A380 First Flight

Wed Sep 07, 2005 3:11 am

Quoting FlyMeToTheMoon (Reply 21):
if I were you I would not pursue the issue with the prof - bad for grades.

How can it be bad for grades? Facts are facts.......


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RE: A380 First Flight

Wed Sep 07, 2005 3:41 am

Yeah, and the first 747 takeoff went wrong to. It did crashed into the water just after takeoff.

Although filmed, they just "photoshopped" it!!  Wink

If I were you, I would have a look for a video of the first flight. Show it to your class. Remember, your teacher corrects you if you are wrong, so why can't you correct him!!

Make a fool of this weirdo Big grin
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RE: A380 First Flight

Wed Sep 07, 2005 6:04 am

And here is the video to show:
http://www.flightlevel350.com/viewer.php?id=3665
It clearly shows no tail scrape during TO.
 
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Wed Sep 07, 2005 7:56 am

 
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RE: A380 First Flight

Wed Sep 07, 2005 8:13 am

Quoting Gemuser (Reply 12):
Why do YOU think it will be a 'white elephant'?

Gemuser

Well, just look at the Airbus Order Book. It's been months since the last A380 order was placed, the A380 orders have still not broken 150 and that's not 1/3 of what they need just to break even. Production is falling off schedule, it is coming in over budget and overweight. Airlines today will not stand for that much longer in today's economy.
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RE: A380 First Flight

Wed Sep 07, 2005 2:18 pm

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 26):
It's been months since the last A380 order was placed, the A380 orders have still not broken 150 and that's not 1/3 of what they need just to break even.

Give it a rest. Do you want to become an "I told you so" person so badly? Would you prefer to see all future aircraft orders made right now or within a year? Do you want to see it sell like the hype created by Airbus fanatics claimed it would? Why are you buying into their hype? They are patriots just like the Boeing fanatics on this side! From my point of view, you're chasing a truck over a cliff, where the drivers are who you think are the Airbus fanatics and you are thinking you can stop the truck or drive it better.

I wonder how much of that analogy explains the desent towards the A380 from a psychological viewpoint...provided anyone got it...
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RE: A380 First Flight

Wed Sep 07, 2005 2:35 pm

I suspect that he might have been talking about the VMU tests. Perhaps he thought that this might have been the first takeoff?

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