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A380 In Arizona?

Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:40 pm

I was hiking Sabino Canyon in the Tucson area this morning when an A380 in what appeared to be Airbus livery flew over at about FL150.

Anyone know why it was in AZ or was I wrong about the ID?
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RE: A380 In Arizona?

Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:21 am

It was probably the Rolls-Royce 747 that has been here since June. I didn't see it flying today but that would be my bet.
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RE: A380 In Arizona?

Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:11 am

I doubt that it was a 747 based the wing platform and body finess ratio
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RE: A380 In Arizona?

Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:19 am

I didn't see anything but there was a cargo 747 that overflow earlier today en route to MZJ.
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RE: A380 In Arizona?

Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:44 am

You know, I was riding my bike to class today just before 2 PM and I saw what looked like a white A330 overflying from East-West. An A330 around here doesn't make a lot of sense, but from where I was that's what it looked like.
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RE: A380 In Arizona?

Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:50 am

The airplane I saw was a quad, not a twin.
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RE: A380 In Arizona?

Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:55 am

Hey oh,d it have been a KC135? We get those all the time.
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RE: A380 In Arizona?

Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:52 am

Apparently it was an AN-124
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RE: A380 In Arizona?

Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:56 am

Looks like I was right! It was RD's A332 on its way to MZJ from RFD. RD just ceased operations the other day and I'm assuming its only going into storage and not being scrapped?

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N772RD
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RE: A380 In Arizona?

Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:46 pm

I think you might have seen a B747SP that took off from Marana about 11:20AM?
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/P...3/history/20130115/1821Z/KMZJ/CYMX

It's dimensions look funky from below and might look like an A380.
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RE: A380 In Arizona?

Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:54 pm

Thanks 4holer, I think you're correct. The time matches my sighting. A 747SP has a wing-to-body size relation similar to the A380 and the body fineness ratios are about the same.

There are so few airworthy 747SP's that I didn't think about that explanation.
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RE: A380 In Arizona?

Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:56 pm

Yes that's very true, when the A388 became a LHR regular every time I saw one I thought B747SP. I stil do which is worrying or wishful thinking, it's the wing / fuselage proportions I think.

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