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Damn, that's one big airplane.

  1. Apr 16, 2006 #1
    Putting size into context. It's as big as an 8 lane roadway, sheesh. Those engines could swallow up cars.
    http://photos.airliners.net/photos/photos/9/8/1/0957189.jpg [Broken]
     
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  3. Apr 16, 2006 #2
    Here is a 777 for comparison:

    http://photos.airliners.net/photos/middle/1/4/3/1006341.jpg [Broken]
     
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  4. Apr 16, 2006 #3
    And Props go out to Air bus for creating a plane that will have limited airports it can fly to because it is so honking big and heavy. Great business sense.
     
  5. Apr 16, 2006 #4

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    There are a lot of airports in the world that are putting big money into their infrastructures to accomodate these aircraft. There is a major camp in the airline business that thinks that massive aircraft are going to be the only way the companys are going to survive. Of course, I think they are dead wrong. The smaller commuter lines are going to be the wave of the future (at least in the US anyways). We shall see.

    Didn't someone a while ago post a comparisson between the A380 and the Spruce Goose? It was still smaller than the Spruce Goose which should give you a bit of insight into what Howard Hughes really accomplished.

    http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=1szvzv8u1ry2g?method=4&dsname=Wikipedia+Images&dekey=Giant+Plane+Comparison.jpg&sbid=lc01a&linktext= [Broken]
     
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  6. Apr 16, 2006 #5

    Astronuc

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    The A380 looks like a 747 on steroids. :rofl:
     
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  8. Apr 16, 2006 #7

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    Easyjet and Ryanair (both small airlines) here in the UK prove your point rather well. They're making very good profit without the need of investing on massive airliners. I have come to believe however that airliners are rather pivotal for the demands of our society. Jumbo jets nowadays exist to satisfy the apparent urge and need of getting on one plane only to get to your desired destination (longhaul flights of course). Moreover airliners such as the 744 and A380 have been manufactured to stay, unlike the concorde.
     
  9. Apr 16, 2006 #8

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    I agree that the long flights, trans oceantic etc... are always going to be the realm of the big ships. I guess the business models will have to take into account what they think the future international travel will be like. I agree that they will never go away, but I think they're required numbers are very limited.
     
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  11. Apr 16, 2006 #10

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    How come half the cars in the A380 picture have drifted out of their lanes? :rofl:
     
  12. Apr 16, 2006 #11
    It is a 747 on steroids.
     
  13. Apr 16, 2006 #12

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    As long as we're posting plane pictures

    http://home.comcast.net/~cubz2008/plane.jpg [Broken]
     
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  14. Apr 16, 2006 #13

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    Yah what's with these drivers, are they just in utter shock at how big it is that they get into crashes? :rofl: :rofl:
     
  15. Apr 16, 2006 #14
    No, the engines are sucking the cars into it. Notice only the cars forward of the engines are drifting :rofl:
     
  16. Apr 16, 2006 #15
    Another big bird (bigger than the A380, actually),

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  17. Apr 16, 2006 #16

    BobG

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    That Airliners Net is a pretty cool site. I love this picture! :rofl:
     
  18. Apr 16, 2006 #17

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  19. Apr 16, 2006 #18
    I like this one, you can feel the G forces

    http://photos.airliners.net/photos/middle/3/8/6/0297683.jpg [Broken]
     
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  20. Apr 16, 2006 #19
    I love this shot too, it's good for a wall paper

    http://photos.airliners.net/photos/photos/8/2/6/0028628.jpg [Broken]




    I know about bird strike, but people strike?

    http://photos.airliners.net/photos/photos/9/1/2/0686219.jpg [Broken]

    Balls of steel my friend, balls of steel....

    http://photos.airliners.net/photos/photos/5/0/6/1025605.jpg [Broken]
     
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  21. Apr 16, 2006 #20
    Wow. Nice site, great pictures!
     
  22. Apr 26, 2006 #21

    DaveC426913

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    Meh, it's big, sure

    - but Hughes did it even better - made of wood, and a half century earlier!


    sprucegoose.jpg
     
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  23. Apr 27, 2006 #22

    Astronuc

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    And if Hughes only had access to high bypass turbofan jet engines, or even turbo props, then the Spruce Goose might have flown. As it was, it barely flew without a load.

    Note that the fuselages of the 747 and A380 are slightly larger, but the wings are smaller, and they actually fly fully loaded.
     
  24. Apr 27, 2006 #23

    J77

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    Airbus ROCK! :cool:

    I think they'll make all their money from the A380F - freight version.
     
  25. Apr 27, 2006 #24
    Well their business sense seems to be paying off judging by the amount of workshop equipment I sell to the factory in Deeside where they make the A380 wings, they've got a huge amount of orders for these planes - business is good!

    I can tell you that standing next to one of these wings is something else... You can actually stand up inside it at the widest end.
     
  26. Apr 27, 2006 #25

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    I'm not fallin' for it.

    I'm sayin' this bird was on the tarmack, wheels down, and it's been PhotoShopped.

    Either that, or the camera has a shutter speed of about 1/brazillionth of a second and a infrared beam across the runway for tripping the shutter.
     
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