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Amazing Airbus Beluga Video

Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 4:54 pm
by chuchoteur
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er4hQ...5iEY&list=UUkfZz95mfqPnzquatVpDTsQ

A comprehensive recap of the Airbus Beluga story, with some footage I had not seen before, what do you think?
Airbus has just celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 1st flight of the first A300-600ST, and I would love to see these types of video more often!

RE: Amazing Airbus Beluga Video

Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 5:02 pm
by pasu129
Thank you for posting, a truly remarkable leap in aviation history!

RE: Amazing Airbus Beluga Video

Posted: Thu Sep 25, 2014 7:04 am
by chuchoteur
One of the things that isn't discussed in the video is how they came up with the lowered cockpit and the upward swinging door...

...apparently when one of the flight engineers suggested this configuration, it did not go down well with the design office, who had a lot of doubts about stress & structural issues that this might generate.

I'd be curious to know what Boeing thought of it when doing the dreamlifter design work....