Aviation Photo #1482500 Airbus A380-861 - Untitled (Air France)

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1st flight one A380 Air France. Will Be F-HPJA, Note all the landing gear doors down. (Canon EOS 5D MkII + 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 L IS USM
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Photo Added: February 15, 2009

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Anonymous
9 years ago
First flight is always taken with the landing gear down because of fail-safe procedures. Happened with every SQ and EK first flight I saw.
Anonymous
9 years ago
First flights for aircrafts always go gear down. This is for all companies; Boeing, Airbus, Embraer, Bombardier, etc...
Anonymous
9 years ago
No no not the gear but the gear doors they should be closed when the gear is extended
Anonymous
9 years ago
Question was about the doors to the landing gears, not the gears themselves. Interesting shot, quite unique I assume.
Anonymous
9 years ago
He is talking about the open landing gear doors, not about the landing gear. Great picture, thank you.
Anonymous
9 years ago
I think what is meant to be pointed out are all the landing gear doors are down - possibly due to a gear-gravity-drop test
Anonymous
9 years ago
I think it was a landing gear gravitiy extension test. This is the only normal condition where landing gear doors are open in flight.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Nice to see the A380 in more liveries
Anonymous
9 years ago
Maybe the landing gear doors are down as the retraction sequence is beginning?
Anonymous
9 years ago
Perfectly captured! That was a test of the so called "Free Fall Extension" of the landing gear. This will happen if the hydraulics serving the gear should fail.

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