Aviation Photo #2074085 Airbus A330-243F - Hong Kong Airlines Cargo

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Photo Added: March 02, 2012

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Anonymous
7 years ago
Seems you could eat from the floor. So clean. Great angle, Great Shot!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Looks like it's smiling at us..
Anonymous
7 years ago
Do they not have a tow bar/truck, or do they need the rope to tow this girl around! ;-)
Anonymous
7 years ago
Spotless aircraft and hanger. What is the bump under the cockpit section where the front wheel is supposed to go up in?
Anonymous
7 years ago
What's the funny nose gear hump?
Anonymous
7 years ago
Far out. As an ex-mechanic I just want to say how surreal this clean hangar floor is! I could eat off that...

Great photo.
Anonymous
7 years ago
What is the intake just ahead of the nose gear? I don't recall ever seeing anything like that on an A330 before.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Two answers to the tow bar question. They might have a tow bar less tractor or why leave a tow connected to an aircraft in a hangar when you could be using it elsewhere.
Anonymous
7 years ago
That's not an intake, it's added to raise the nose, so that the floor of the A330 is level with the ground. They need this to load it properly, without cargo sliding forward. Passenger A330s slant downward,
Anonymous
7 years ago
The hump is needed for the Aircraft to be totally level when loading and unloading cargo. The original passenger A330 is not fully level in the horizontal plane, the cargo version needs to and that's the reason for the hump.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Quote from wikipedia: "A330F uses a revised nose undercarriage layout to provide a level deck during cargo loading. The normal A330-200 undercarriage is used, but its attachment points are lower in the fuselage, thus requiring a distinctive blister fairing on the nose to accommodate the retracted nose gear." - Hope this answers some of your questions regarding what that chin blister is for. :)
Anonymous
7 years ago
Found this answer:
To overcome the standard A330's nose-down body angle on the ground, the A330F uses a revised nose undercarriage layout to provide a level deck during cargo loading. The normal A330-200 undercarriage is used, but its attachment points are lower in the fuselage, thus requiring a distinctive blister fairing on the nose to accommodate the retracted nose gear.
Anonymous
7 years ago
The bump was added to the A332F to keep a level deck. The A332 pax version has a nose-down body angle which makes loading cargo difficult.

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