Aviation Photo #1579557 Airbus A380-841 - Airbus

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Anonymous
7 years ago
What's that? Tailstrike-Protection?
Anonymous
7 years ago
Marvelous view contrasting of the massive size of the 380 with the fragile biological specimens nearby.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Maybe it's the equipment for the tail-strike tests they did with A380. I'm not sure if it's this, but i saw a video where they tested the effects and they had a special equipment installed.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Yes. That's the tailstrike protection system. Nice underbelly view
Anonymous
7 years ago
That's the anti-tail strike skid, they have it on for minimum velocity takeoff test.
Anonymous
7 years ago
It's an A171PQP unit.
Anonymous
7 years ago
It shows power
Anonymous
7 years ago
Correct. Protection for v_mu tests. mu = minimum unstick. That is the minimal airspeed for which you can rotate the plane. However angle of attack for high lift coefficient will be very large as airspeed is minimal (equation of lift). That's why you normally rotate at v_R, which is a higher speed.
Anonymous
7 years ago
I think it is a piece of wood.
Anonymous
7 years ago
A380 testbed equiped with a hook for operation from french navy carriers ;-)
Anonymous
7 years ago
As far i know this device is used to simulate a continuosly tail strike in order to determinate the minimum speed at the aircraft can take-off
Anonymous
7 years ago
Yep...against tailstrike

Great shot!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Yes, Anti Tail-strike equipment.
Great shot!
Anonymous
7 years ago
I think that is a skid used on test brids, I don't think you see it on production equipment. Every time I see this bird it impresses me. Look how fine tuned the landing gear doors are. Amazing piece of machinery.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Tail hook for carrier landings :-P
Anonymous
7 years ago
As far i know this device was used on the first prototipe of the A380 to simulate a continously tail strike in order to determinate the minimum speed the aircraft can take-off
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wouldn't that cause quite a bit of drag in flight? It's not exactly covered or stream-lined.
Great shot of the under side of this mighty bird.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Yes, looks like it's missing the aerodynamic fairing though...
Anonymous
7 years ago
Yeah I remember this from the A380 docu, when they had only three skids left and were down to the last one, so they were hoping the A380 would pass the test on the third try, which it did, thankfully.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Prototype device only, used to determine Vmu, minimum unstick, the minimum speed to rotate and take-off.
Anonymous
7 years ago
The beast's G point
Anonymous
7 years ago
Huge! The A380 impresses me for its hugeness and beauty. Very great shot!
Anonymous
7 years ago
This aircraft will be in MRU for the first time this week. Hope to be able to catch it for shooting.

Regards
Krishley.G.D.Purmanun
Anonymous
7 years ago
Its the Belly button, from when it was born from mummy A380. Daddy A380 left for the younger A340 though.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Wow what would just 1 tyre cost?

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