Please forgive me if this has been answered (I couldn't find it from a search of this forum), or if it is a stupid question...
Are there certain aircraft, weather or load conditions in which the flaps are not set on takeoff? Many years ago I was on an Air France A300 Paris to LHR
, sitting over the wings, and I noticed that we took off with no visible flap deployment. I was actually scared at the time, since this was just after the NW MD
-80 crash in Detroit caused by flaps in wrong position on takeoff....
Anyway, we took off fine. And this never happened to me again on any other flight I can remember... till about 13 years later, I took a Lufthansa A300 from Berlin to Frankfurt. Once again, no visible flap on takeoff.
Both times this was an A300, with a full pax load, but a very low fuel load (short flights). Anyone have an explanation for me?