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    The Airbus A380. Quite a piece of aero-engineering! It's slated to land at LAX by about 9:30 this morning. I drive by there on my way to work, so I'm hoping to catch a glimpse!

    A second A380 is coming into New York today as well, from Frankfurt.

    Full story: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?secti ... id=5132965
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  • #2
    Too bad(for Airbus) they couldn't get the freight version of the plane built on schedule. Both FedEx and UPS cancelled HUGE orders.

    http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/ ... 5/8401277/
    There are no strings on me

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    • #3
      Thanks for starting a most interesting thread. From the link you supplied:

      "The behemoth weighs 562 tons and has a wingspan of more than 261 feet. It can carry more than 800 passengers in an all economy-class configuration, or 555 with first-class and business seating. List price for the super-jumbo jet is about $300 million."

      "The plane can fly from Chicago to Sydney, Australia, nonstop."

      And from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbus_A380

      "...a spacious cabin with 50% more floor space than the next largest airliner, the Boeing 747-400..."


      "...relaxation areas, bars, duty-free shops, and beauty salons. One A380 customer likely to use innovative amenities is Virgin Atlantic Airways, which has a bar in Business Class on its aircraft, and has announced plans to include casinos, double beds, a gymnasium and showers on its A380s"

      "Either the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 or Engine Alliance GP7200 turbofans may power the A380."

      "The data communication networks use Avionics Full-Duplex Switched Ethernet, following the ARINC 664 standard. The data networks are switched, full-duplexed, star-topology and based on 100baseTX fast-Ethernet. This reduces the amount of wiring required and minimizes latency."

      I look forward to flying. I can do this:



      Then this:



      Followed by a visit to this place:



      And then pick up a hottie in a place like this:



      And impress 'im with all my big cash from the Texas hold'em, and my bawdy built in the gym, and my gorgeous skin, before retiring to the shower and the double bed.
      Take good care of yourself.

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      • #4
        Having a slow morning Mennisco? :P
        There are no strings on me

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        • #5
          Originally posted by guru
          Having a slow morning Mennisco? :P
          Enjoying myself, and you? Sorry for boring you.
          Take good care of yourself.

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          • #6
            Absolutely incredible aircraft! I positioned myself at the In-n-Out burger joint right across the street from the runway, about 15 minutes prior to the ETA. A mildly large crowd had formed at that point. A 747 roared in at about 9:27, confusing some people who thought it was the Airbus (which landed next).

            I'll post up some pics later on this evening.

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            • #7
              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm7QL7oJ ... ed&search=

              The LHR landing (hope none of the passengers were prone to being sea-sick with regard to the landing!)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JRM
                The Airbus A380. Quite a piece of aero-engineering!
                Certainly a beautiful airplane, I'm a fan, but don't forget the Russians have had their Antonov 225 around for many years. It is even larger.






                Originally posted by guru
                Too bad(for Airbus) they couldn't get the freight version of the plane built on schedule. Both FedEx and UPS cancelled HUGE orders.
                But why wouldn't they buy the more speacialised cargo airbus? Surely the A380 is designed primarily for passengers?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Daisy
                  Certainly a beautiful airplane, I'm a fan, but don't forget the Russians have had their Antonov 225 around for many years. It is even larger. orders.
                  And then there's this baby, the Spruce Goose, with its almost 100 METER wing-span!!!!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by tafnut
                    Originally posted by Daisy
                    Certainly a beautiful airplane, I'm a fan, but don't forget the Russians have had their Antonov 225 around for many years. It is even larger. orders.
                    And then there's this baby, the Spruce Goose, with its almost 100 METER wing-span!!!!

                    Made the mistake of viewing the Goose on some magic mushrooms. :shock: I couldnt stop laughing at its cartoon demensions. :lol:
                    phsstt!

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                    • #11
                      Although I fly quite a bit, I generally stay away from new aircraft until the the first one has crashed and they've figured out why. I suppose after a few years of heavy usage I'll assume it's not going to happen, but I don't think you're going to see me on one of those things any time soon.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by tandfman
                        I don't think you're going to see me on one of those things any time soon.
                        The thing weighs 562 tons . . . over 1,000,000 (ONE MILLION) POUNDS. There's NO WAY it's gonna NOT crash!!!

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                        • #13
                          Actually, the number of crashes of commercial jets in the US has dramatically decreased in recent years. I recall when they were not so unusual. They're now very rare events. I think that's because the manufacturers and the carriers are doing a better job.

                          But anyone who thinks that planes can't crash is kidding himself. We know they can--we just hope that we're not on them when they do. If I seriously worried about this sort of thing, I wouldn't fly. My life would be different, and not as good.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SQUACKEE

                            Made the mistake of viewing the Goose on some magic mushrooms. :shock: I couldnt stop laughing at its cartoon demensions. :lol:
                            Shoom on you Squackee you squackhead :lol:
                            Take good care of yourself.

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                            • #15
                              Since it spun off it's own thread, I was amused to notice this photo in a BBC news article this morning ...

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