Aviation Photo #0219906 Airbus A340-642 - Airbus

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The most beautiful aircraft for a great picture ! Conducting VMU trials - the tail strike is done intentionally for testing purposes to determine the minimum speed at which the aircraft will lift off the ground.
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Photo Added: February 19, 2002

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Anonymous
14 years ago
Very interessting shot. Well done!
Anonymous
14 years ago
Cool
Anonymous
14 years ago
I love test flight photos, and this one is great! Have tremendous admiration for pilots that do this kind of flying. Thanks for the photo & the information.
Anonymous
14 years ago
I think it is cool because it is has spark on the bottom
Anonymous
14 years ago
What a great shot........Thats gotta hurt!!!
Anonymous
14 years ago
A340,My love.Beauty of the sky.From Akash340,India
Anonymous
14 years ago
It is a very nice photo
Anonymous
14 years ago
Aaaaiiii...
My back...
Anonymous
13 years ago
This is an ultimate shot.Capturing this type of scene is a very unusual thing. great...
-sahil suman
Anonymous
13 years ago
Does anybody have a band-aid?
Anonymous
13 years ago
That is a rather cool picture it must be quite intense when you are in the cockpit doing the trials as you rotate and don't lift off straight away. Nice one guys
Anonymous
13 years ago
The airbus a340: longer, larger....quieter, dont know about smoother after lookin at this shot!
Anonymous
13 years ago
Airbus340 is the longest aircraft i have ever seen.it seems to be even longer than the concorde.looking at the photograph one imagine the passenger capacity of the aircraft.wow!! i love travelling with lots of people.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Look at those sparks!!!! In a scary way.
Anonymous
12 years ago
In the words of Homer Simpson:......"DOH" !!
Anonymous
11 years ago
You have to be careful with those super long a340-600s.

Anonymous
11 years ago
Longer larger yeah.. don't know about smoother though! And the back of the aircraft might have some noise in it aswell ;)
3 months ago
How is this done... easy. The aircraft is accelerated to som 20 -30 knots below it’s calculated lift off speed ( power is sometime reduced ) and the nose is genially raised until tail contact . Upon tail contact, max power is applied and that pitch attitude is maintained until liftoff. VMU .. It is used to determine the slowest speed the plane will lift off during Part 25 certification. Usually a sacrificial object is attached like absence of wood or metal skid as to not damage the aircraft during the test.
3 months ago
How is this done... easy. The aircraft is accelerated to som 20 -30 knots below it’s calculated lift off speed ( power is sometime reduced ) and the nose is genially raised until tail contact . Upon tail contact, max power is applied and that pitch attitude is maintained until liftoff. VMU .. It is used to determine the slowest speed the plane will lift off during Part 25 certification. Usually a sacrificial object is attached like absence of wood or metal skid as to not damage the aircraft during the test.

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