Topic Author
Posts: 1892
Joined: Wed Sep 27, 2000 10:11 am

Popular Mechanics A380 Article...

Thu Feb 15, 2001 4:59 pm

There is an article in this months Popular Mechanics about the new era of "flying hotels". This toses a lot of respect I had for this rag out the window.

There is nothing really about the technology in the A38- in the article. It is a fanciful piece based on the PR statments of Airbus and Boeing. The pictures they show are the same fanciful ideas as the 747 was dreamed up with so many decades ago. Showers in suites, bars and what not. It is an generally uniformed, and boring article on the newest and certainly most intriguing developments in air travel. They also manage to site a a plane that looks more like that Russian 757...(Tu-245??) than an A330, as an A340....

Pretty poor if you ask me, not what I have come to expect from Popular Mechanics. Anyone else have some thoughts on this?

Airbus A380
Posts: 508
Joined: Sat Jan 06, 2001 3:54 am

RE: Popular Mechanics A380 Article...

Thu Feb 15, 2001 7:52 pm

The "Russian 757" you mentioned was actually the Tupolev Tu-204-XXX.

Airbus A380. Flagship of 21st Century Air Travel.
Posts: 10186
Joined: Thu Jun 01, 2000 11:50 pm

RE: Popular Mechanics A380 Article...

Fri Feb 16, 2001 12:04 am

I saw the Popular Mechanics article too. It was a piece of fluff filled with idiotic fanciful drawings of huge lobbies, bedrooms with showers, etc, etc. It was, perhaps, the worst article on the A380 to appear in the popular press.

Perhaps, they were thinking of the Emir of [insert your favorite rich Gulf nation here]'s private A380, which I'm sure one of those rich Gulf potentates will eventually purchase.
Atheism is Myth Understood.

RE: Popular Mechanics A380 Article...

Fri Feb 16, 2001 12:14 am

I haven't read the article but the level of substance in your average PM magazine is usually very low. I've never been satisfied after having read an article, especially a cover one, in PM, only disapointed. The content is never anything but real fluff. Whenever I have looked forward to reading something, I always ended up wondering why they even bothered to write the article- there was no real info in it at all.

RE: Popular Mechanics A380 Article...

Fri Feb 16, 2001 12:18 am

Oh yeah, and if PM really thinks that the A380 is going to be flying hotel they're really living in fantasy land. What it WILL be is a way to cram 10000 people into one plane like sardines. It doesn't have to be that way but I'm betting that's what's going to happen. I don't mind flying big planes but not if the size is an excuse to jam in more and more people rather than put a few more in and give the poor coach travelers a little breathing space. Does anyone really want to be in the middle seat of some crazy confuguration ( 12-100-12) !  Smile Ok a liiiiiittle exagerated, but not much!!
Posts: 237
Joined: Wed Dec 20, 2000 7:25 am

RE: Popular Mechanics A380 Article...

Fri Feb 16, 2001 2:36 am

I saw the cover of the mag & picked it up just for that article. After reading it I was equally as unimpressed and agree with it being a fluff flilled not too technical article.
Posts: 186
Joined: Mon Feb 12, 2001 6:51 am

RE: Popular Mechanics A380 Article...

Fri Feb 16, 2001 3:08 am

I was very disappointed with the article but it reminded me of the old 747 classic "articles". Same fluff.
The one I liked was the TO wieght of 1.2 billion pounds. Just had a quiet chuckle and tossed it in the recycle bin.

RE: Popular Mechanics A380 Article...

Fri Feb 16, 2001 7:53 am

1.2 billion pounds? Wow, I guess they ARE going to stuff a lot of people in there.  Smile
Posts: 259
Joined: Mon Dec 11, 2000 8:18 am

RE: Popular Mechanics A380 Article...

Fri Feb 16, 2001 8:16 am

I have to admit the article is kind of weak.

1- "1.2 billion pounds"... hmmm okay if you say so, it's just going to be 2000 times the 747.

2- "You don't see many Douglas DC-10 and Lockheed L-1011 jumbos in passenger service these days. And the companies that built them are now parts of other corporations...."

I truly can't see the point in this second statement they make. Lockheed is not part of another corporation these days. Second, if Douglas is now part of Boeing, correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think it's really because of the DC-10.

But I did buy the thing... before I read it

Posts: 514
Joined: Fri Dec 22, 2000 9:23 am

RE: Popular Mechanics A380 Article...

Fri Feb 16, 2001 8:16 am

To the folks on this forum who all have a good knowledge of commercial aviation, it is disapointing when you see a publication being so superficial and just plain inaccurate. It makes you wonder if all the other non aviation stuff written in it is rubbish also! But then how often have you seen a caption in a newspaper showing a photograph of a DC-8 which says "A Boeing 707 like this one was involved in an incident..........." The fact is, the general press rarely get it right even about simple things to do with aviation.
I have no memory of this place.

Popular Searches On

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos