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PostPosted: Sun 20 Sep 2009 17:12 pm 
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Airbus A380-800 Manufaturer's Serial Number (MSN) 001, F-WWOW, Toulouse Blagnac, 20th September 2009

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You can just make out where the temporary Singapore Airlines logo decal was added above the door for the tour of Asia-Pacific.

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Rolls-Royce Trent 800 engine

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Water ballast tanks on board

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One - and only one - sidewall panel

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Wing main landing gear

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Body main landing gear

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Tail bumper used during "minimum unstick" tests (test to evaluate minimum take-off speed of the aircraft where the tail is dragged along the ground until the aircraft will "unstick" from the runway.... spectacular!)

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Hi Dan, Some very nice pics there, is the Revell kit a true likeness to it ?  
What is going on around the tailplane ?

I'm not sure I like the new container system for passengers though ....  :rotfl:

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Loll wrote:
Hi Dan, Some very nice pics there, is the Revell kit a true likeness to it ?  
What is going on around the tailplane ?

I'm not sure I like the new container system for passengers though ....  :rotfl:


Hi Loll,

Yes, the Revell kit is a true likeness. It was made from actual plans with the full authorisation and participation of Airbus, not made up from photos or other odd ways and means.

Not sure what you mean about the tailplane, though? The rudder is a split design, similar to that of Concorde and it seems that the aircraft was parked with the top half fully deflected but the bottom half partially deflected - is that what you mean?

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Yes partly Dan, but I was looking at the area where the horizontal tail plane joins the fuselage. As you have not commented on it  (I was looking at the swaged shape where the tail plane meets the fuselage)  I assume it is a deliberate design shape then.
Also I see on some they have what looks like a random bare metal patch around that tailplane mounting. Is there as reason why  they don't paint it to match.? Is that a fully moving/adjustable  tail ?

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Ah, with you now! Yes, the tailplanes on all of our aircraft are of an all-moving design and the grey or bare metal area marks out the area in which the tailplane sweeps. The swaged shape is also there to a greater or lesser degree on all of the aircraft so I guess I didn't register that. I've never really given any thought as to why that is - but I will now. It's piqued my interest so I'll try and find out next time I'm around some of my Design Office buddies and report back. It must be, in some part, due to having to reinforce the area around the intersection between the fuse and the tailplane ("holes are heavy") but it's also behind the rear pressure bulkhead so it's not as though it's suffering from pressurisation loads or fatigue like most of the other holes. Hmmmm.  :think:

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It will be interesting to see what they say. Amazing what you don't see when you are around it all the time eh ?

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Same aircraft,new paint job at Farnborough. It looks like they have "tidied up" around the tail.


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Hi Rik - it's actually not the same aircraft - your pics of of F-WWDD (MSN004) and ours were of F-WWOW (MSN001)... and if yours were at Farnborough in that livery that would've been 2008, I guess... The ones above were in 2009, so it's still untidy!

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Hey Dan, it looks like someone is trying to break one of your planes Here   :
http://www.velozia.com/?p=3233&utm_sour ... elozia+Air)

Heavy landing, brake-on  failure, or just Qantas trying for more publicity.  :D

Ps. Can anyone tell me why this does not work as a link ??

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