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Live A380 Photographed Over N. Ireland

Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:41 am

Check this out....

Just taken a few minutes ago !

(over my house near Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland at 17:51 GMT on Sunday 25th March 2007 FL360)

FRA to IAD F-WWJB

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Google Earth showing first Airbus A380 over Northern Ireland 25 MArch 2007


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Airbus A380 crossing Carrickfergus !!!


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Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:47 am

Way cool!

Btw, is she delayed due to the hydraulic problem at HKG?
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Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:49 am

thats really cool, I wish I saw her over my house
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Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:50 am

Quoting DALCE (Reply 1):
Btw, is she delayed due to the hydraulic problem at HKG?

According to what fellow member Zeke wrote on another thread, the A380 left HKG slightly delayed (I think it was 5 minutes) and was expected to arrive here at FRA either on or slightly ahead of schedule (something like 5 hours ago).

So I'd guess that any delays would be minimal, if there are any at all.
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Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:53 am

Thanks for sharing these outstanding pictures-what lens did you use ??
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Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:54 am

Great catch! I will be seeing this beauty at IAD in about 5.5 hours.  Big grin

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RE: Live A380 Photographed Over N. Ireland

Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:54 am

Quoting DALCE (Reply 1):
Btw, is she delayed due to the hydraulic problem at HKG?

It arrived about 20 minutes late from HKG in FRA and left FRA at 6:38pm (6:00 was scheduled).
 
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Mon Mar 26, 2007 4:05 am

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! When was this? I could have seen it if I had have known! It was a beautiful day today as well with no clouds. Great pictures! Don't suppose she'll be flying back again in the opposite direction any time soon?
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Mon Mar 26, 2007 4:13 am

Brilliant , did you take those pics???? Amazing!!!! Pity it didnt fly 50 miles further south then I would have seen it but then I guess you wouldnt have so I will be content with the pics. Nice to see Newtownabbey on the map!!! I used to live there for a while.
 
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RE: Live A380 Photographed Over N. Ireland

Mon Mar 26, 2007 4:15 am

Wow what are the chances of that happening
 
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Mon Mar 26, 2007 4:57 am

Quoting Beaucaire (Reply 4):
Thanks for sharing these outstanding pictures-what lens did you use ??
The Google software to display the flight-path is a payable option?

The camera is nothing special, just a £200 Canon PowerShot A700IS on maximum zoom, then further digital zoom applied using Adobe Photoshop Elements. He was just so close and so large ! A digital SLR would have made a much better job with less grain etc.

It is all completely free. You need to have Google Earth, then use openatc.com to superimpose flight tracks. Only covers certain areas however.

Quoting Legoguy (Reply 7):
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! When was this? I could have seen it if I had have known! It was a beautiful day today as well with no clouds. Great pictures! Don't suppose she'll be flying back again in the opposite direction any time soon?

I was just very lucky! Everything just came together, I could not have planned it. I knew OK the flight would operate today but the probability of it choosing a flight path over the UK never mind my town were very low indeed. Lufthansa also operated a similar flight last Monday which I followed but he went over Dublin. Yes I believe he will route back again to FRA within the next day but who knows what the routing will be. Again it would be a low probability that it will come over Northern Ireland.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
Brilliant , did you take those pics???? Amazing!!!! Pity it didn't fly 50 miles further south then I would have seen it but then I guess you wouldn't have so I will be content with the pics. Nice to see Newtownabbey on the map!!! I used to live there for a while.

See above. Yes it's nice to have an aviation connection as topical as the A380 and so close to 'home'.

Quoting Aviator1990 (Reply 9):
Wow what are the chances of that happening

Just luck I think this time, followed by a very hectic few minutes, downloading, adjusting, uploading to my profile, then posting this topic.
 
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Mon Mar 26, 2007 6:11 am

Now that I have had time to breath, I have spent a bit of time on two of my shots and have been able to marginally improve them.

Right now she has 3hrs and 13 mins left of her flight to Washington IAD.

I hope you like them....

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Mon Mar 26, 2007 6:13 am

Awesome pictures!
Who is on the flight to IAD? Is there more LH and Airbus staff and guests?
Anybody here lucky enough to get on board any of these AB/LH flights?
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RE: Live A380 Photographed Over N. Ireland

Mon Mar 26, 2007 6:18 am

It's part of the genius solution to Stormant. Martin McGuinness can be on the main deck, Ian Paisley on the upper deck. That way they don't have to see each other.
 
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RE: Live A380 Photographed Over N. Ireland

Mon Mar 26, 2007 6:24 am

Quoting Awthompson (Reply 10):
it's nice to have an aviation connection as topical as the A380 and so close to 'home'.

Indeed! It rarely happens but when it does, its nice to see the thing from home!

Quoting Awthompson (Reply 10):
I was just very lucky! Everything just came together, I could not have planned it. I knew OK the flight would operate today but the probability of it choosing a flight path over the UK never mind my town were very low indeed. Lufthansa also operated a similar flight last Monday which I followed but he went over Dublin. Yes I believe he will route back again to FRA within the next day but who knows what the routing will be. Again it would be a low probability that it will come over Northern Ireland.

Extremely lucky! Great that you got the photos and thanks for sharing! It will be interesting to see the return route. Could still be the slight possibility of flying over again!  Smile
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RE: Live A380 Photographed Over N. Ireland

Mon Mar 26, 2007 6:25 am

Quoting Glom (Reply 13):
It's part of the genius solution to Stormant. Martin McGuinness can be on the main deck, Ian Paisley on the upper deck. That way they don't have to see each other.

Yeah but you can be damn sure they will meet at the bar!!!! And use the ATM on board to take their pay out !!!!!LOL...

In chinese isnt A380 supposed to be lucky ??? Maybe its a good sign !!!!! But I wont hold my breath.
 
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RE: Live A380 Photographed Over N. Ireland

Mon Mar 26, 2007 7:31 am

Hi,

thanks for sharing the info and the nice shots ! My wife is lucky enough and onboard that flight to IAD.

Best regards
Uwe
 
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Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:50 am

Quoting Lcagmdeleven (Reply 16):
Hi,

thanks for sharing the info and the nice shots ! My wife is lucky enough and onboard that flight to IAD.

Best regards
Uwe

You are very welcome. I am glad that I was able to let you see these shots of the flight that your wife was on board while it was still in the air. Without digital camera technology and internet this would have been impossible. It is nice to hear from someone connected directly with the flight.

Right now she is at 40,000 feet and cruising at 583 mph (ground speed that must be) just before starting descent into Washington.
 
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Mon Mar 26, 2007 9:23 am

On a related question, how is it that google earth is able to show the location of a U.S.-bound flight still over European air space while conventional flight trackers like flightaware cannot?? I used to have Google earth installed on my home computer and I saw lots of tracks going into London-area airports but on other trackers like fboweb & flightaware they stop halfway across the Atlantic. Don't they all get their flight info from the same source?

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RE: Live A380 Photographed Over N. Ireland

Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:42 am

The flight landed at 2022 hours at IAD, was really kind of dark for any good photos. The A380 was extremely queit, it was hard to tell if they even used reverse thrusters.
 
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RE: Live A380 Photographed Over N. Ireland

Mon Mar 26, 2007 12:19 pm

Nice shots man! SO lucky to have one of these fly over your town, the pictures are good proof that it happened!
They are the first contrail shots of the super jumbo that I have ever seen.
Very very nice and smooth trail behing the heavy or in this ones case.. Super.
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RE: Live A380 Photographed Over N. Ireland

Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:42 pm

Wow! Those are some amazing pictures...

I hope that someday it'll either fly over CCS or make a stop over here!

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Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:03 pm

excellent!!!!

what kind of flight checking software is that?? really cool that you can check the flight status over the computer screen, can anyone introduce me?
 
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Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:44 pm

Wonderful ! I was just wondering how the contrails would look like... Thanks a lot for these pictures !
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Mon Mar 26, 2007 4:23 pm

remember these days, in 10 years when A380s are standard, we won't even look up anymore, isn't it funny like that?
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Mon Mar 26, 2007 5:15 pm

Awesome pics, thanks for sharing! And I must say you've done well with the editing.
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Mon Mar 26, 2007 5:31 pm

Quoting Pilotaydin (Reply 24):
we won't even look up anymore,

Arent't we the kind of people who look up all the time ? I just walked my dog and saw a MP MD11F, a NW A330, a couple of KL B737and heard a KLC F50 approaching AMS RWY 24 and that's just a regular Monday morning made beautiful

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Mon Mar 26, 2007 5:36 pm

I'm really annoyed I missed it. I was on the ramp at BHD yesterday, it was fairly quiet too so I should have been able to see it.

Theres a good few enthuasists in the city airport and we would all have loved to have looked up and seen that.

Can you confirm the time, is it GMT or BST (GMT+1)?
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Mon Mar 26, 2007 7:02 pm

Thanks also for highlighting the ATC info that is available via a google earth attachment. I have wondered for ages how to get ATC info in Europe, having long been a fan of fboweb.com and flightaware.com (my favourite) for US info.
 
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Mon Mar 26, 2007 7:08 pm

Quoting Lamedianaranja (Reply 26):
Arent't we the kind of people who look up all the time ? I just walked my dog and saw a MP MD11F, a NW A330, a couple of KL B737and heard a KLC F50 approaching AMS RWY 24 and that's just a regular Monday morning made beautiful

dude, you're so right...what the hell was i thinking?!

i look up when a 172 flies over still!!
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Mon Mar 26, 2007 7:55 pm

Nice pics, lucky you. I like the title on the thread ...as opposed to 'Dead A380 photographed over Ireland'.  biggrin 
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Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:07 pm

Good stuff Adrian. Was at BHD yesterday and got a few nice shots. It was a great day. Shame I missed this, I got word of it just after it had passed. I'm sure we'll get the chance to nail it in the future over NI.

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Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:59 pm

Quoting Avion660 (Reply 28):
Thanks also for highlighting the ATC info that is available via a google earth attachment.

Is this attachment available for google earth basic users or does it have to be the 'plus' version?

D.
 
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RE: Live A380 Photographed Over N. Ireland

Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:37 am

Quoting Cjbmibe (Reply 27):
Can you confirm the time, is it GMT or BST (GMT+1)?

Hey, working out the correct time almost confused me as well! I took the photos at 18:51 local time in the UK/Ireland which is also known as British Summer Time - BST.

(For those from other countries, the UK is normally level with GMT but changes by one hour from the last Sunday in March until the last Sunday in October each year. This just happened on Sunday 25th March and it takes us all here a few days to get used to it.)

So taking an hour off local time, the photos were taken at 17:51 GMT / UTC / Zulu - all meaning the same thing.

Hope that clarifies some of the confusion folks.

Quoting Glom (Reply 13):
It's part of the genius solution to Stormont. Martin McGuinness can be on the main deck, Ian Paisley on the upper deck. That way they don't have to see each other

I know we are off topic here but the headlines today are indeed great news for Northern Ireland's future. They read "Breakthrough As Old Foes Seal Deal" paving the way for a great new peaceful future for Northern Ireland.

Quoting Pilotaydin (Reply 24):
remember these days, in 10 years when A380s are standard, we won't even look up anymore, isn't it funny like that?

I guess you are right, although there are some of us including me who will always look up at the sound of an aircraft. Of course we will be flying on them within a year or two as they will be in service all over the world. Hopefully Airbus do get their difficulties and delays ironed out soon and like today's Northern Ireland headlines, we hope the Airbus A380 will "enjoy a wonderful future."
 
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:41 am

I'm with you on that Adrian, but unfortunately i'm just not so positive.
 
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:44 am

Quoting Awthompson (Reply 33):
I guess you are right, although there are some of us including me who will always look up at the sound of an aircraft. Of course we will be flying on them within a year or two as they will be in service all over the world. Hopefully Airbus do get their difficulties and delays ironed out soon and like today's Northern Ireland headlines, we hope the Airbus A380 will "enjoy a wonderful future."

i remember a time when you could look up and if you were very, very, very lucky you'd see the distinctive triangle of Concorde  Big grin
 
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 4:07 am

Quoting Scouseflyer (Reply 35):
i remember a time when you could look up and if you were very, very, very lucky you'd see the distinctive triangle of Concorde

Seen it twice, which considering the current situation, is pretty special now.

Regards
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 4:58 am

I will never forgive Airbus for doing everything necessary for all the Concordes to be grounded much sooner than planned.
Were they ever afraid that the Queen of the Skies would cast a shadow over their new whalejet?

There is a picture circulating on diverse forums that shows whalejet F-WWDD with Concorde G-BOAF seconds after landing at Filton. It talks by itself...

One says to the other: I got here long before you!

Concorde was the future, she took 3 hours and some to go across the Atlantic from point to point, gracious, sleek and elegant at every turn, from every angle, no matter how you looked at her.

The A380 whalejet will just be another slow and boring jet. We had the future and her name was Concorde. Now we are going back to the past with the A380.

Quoting Scouseflyer (Reply 35):
i remember a time when you could look up and if you were very, very, very lucky you'd see the distinctive triangle of Concorde
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
 
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 5:01 am

Quoting Linco22 (Reply 36):
Quoting Scouseflyer (Reply 35):
i remember a time when you could look up and if you were very, very, very lucky you'd see the distinctive triangle of Concorde

Seen it twice, which considering the current situation, is pretty special now.

Me too, although only once! As a kid, me, my dad and sister were plane spotting at Belfast Harbour Airport (George Best City Airport now), when we heard a loud noise. I looked up to see the large black triangle flying over on it's way to Aldergrove. We immediately went straight to Aldergrove to see it. Great experience, and happy memories!  Smile
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 5:13 am

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 37):
Concorde was the future, she took 3 hours and some to go across the Atlantic from point to point, gracious, sleek and elegant at every turn, from every angle, no matter how you looked at her.

The A380 whalejet will just be another slow and boring jet. We had the future and her name was Concorde. Now we are going back to the past with the A380.

Whilst I miss Concorde and its sad that we will never see it again I think that BA and Air France were equally to blame. If they had have wanted to keep it flying they could have done so. I dont think you can just blame Airbus to be honest. Also in this day and age of fuel economics and business travellers more and more looking for cheaper fares I dont think Concorde could survive. Also I heard that some of Concordes regular full fare paying passengers were killed in 9/11 in the twin towers. Many factors lead to the decision but I do miss it. I was lucky enough to see her in Belfast a few days before the last flight and got to go inside also. We have to move on and not be too sad. I for one love the A380 and celebrate its arrival. More people will be able to experience the A380 than Concorde allowed. Its time to move on but never to forget the Concorde and its design which was futuristic even in 2007!!!
 
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 5:33 am

We are going way off topic, yet I am interested to know. Where did you get this from? What are your sources? The 3000+ untortunate souls who gave up their lives in the Towers were not all Concorde passengers... were they?

Quoting OA260 (Reply 39):
Also I heard that some of Concordes regular full fare paying passengers were killed in 9/11 in the twin towers.
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 6:40 am

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/transcripts/3203_concorde.html

JOCK LOWE: Nine eleven had a tremendous effect. In particular, Concorde was affected because many of the regular travelers were very sadly and tragically killed in 9/11. Some...about 40 of our most regular passengers were in the World Trade Center. Not only that, they were the boss, they were the president, the chairman of the companies who sent their other executives on Concorde as well. So the authority to travel Concorde was also hit.



Also an interesting read

http://www.concordesst.com/faq.html
 
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Sun Apr 01, 2007 3:16 am

Nice pictures Adrian, long time no speak.

I caught it passing over Ballymena, noticed the contrail coming and was experimenting with the camera in the garden anyway so had a nosey, only after did I realise it was the A380.
Here's two below I snapped.

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Tue Apr 03, 2007 3:11 am

Congrats to Adrian on his mention in the Belfast Telegraph:

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/ne.../local-national/article2408243.ece
 
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Tue Apr 03, 2007 3:47 am

Quoting VR-HKG (Reply 43):
Congrats to Adrian on his mention in the Belfast Telegraph:

...Which got the website name incorrect!
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Tue Apr 03, 2007 7:29 am

Yes Adrian nice article. You should email your pics to Airbus!!! Maybe they will give you an invite to their next event.
 
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Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:32 am

Quote:
These were the first pictures of the A380 in flight leaving vapour

Actually, there are at least a couple of other shots of the A380 with contrails taken before yours  Smile
http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=596232
http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=413198

Cool shots though, I hope I'll be able to see the same sight someday...

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Thu Apr 05, 2007 9:14 am

Quoting Norcal773 (Reply 30):
Nice pics, lucky you. I like the title on the thread ...as opposed to 'Dead A380 photographed over Ireland'.

The logic of choosing this title was that I had the pictures posted while the aircraft was still in the air, in fact within less than one hour of the photographs being taken. There should however have been a comma or an exclamation mark after the word 'live'. I had the word LIVE in capitals but the website reduced them to lower case which is the policy with forum topic titles.
 
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Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:59 am

Quoting Awthompson (Reply 33):
Hey, working out the correct time almost confused me as well! I took the photos at 18:51 local time in the UK/Ireland which is also known as British Summer Time - BST.

Its annoying me this change to BST also. The FIDS show passengers everything in local time which is BST, but the FIDS for staff show the local time on the clock, but the STA, ETA, STD and ETD are all in GMT.

It's kinda confusing, I usually walk off to a quiet gate and read off from the computers, everything is in GMT, even the system time.
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