Two hours just to sort through the error messages.
What happened to that Airbus A380 (Qantas flight QF32) whose engine caught fire in mid-air between Singapore and Sydney in November 2010? One of the five
crewmembers on the flight deck recounts the story, which centres on airplane computer systems as much as on keeping tons of metal in the air. [more inside]
posted by joeclark
on Dec 12, 2010 -
Bob Bogash's diatribe
spells out the saga of a corporate trainwreck regarding the Boeing 787 widebody project, his readers
responding with a slew of theories. Bob
, incidentally, was a manager at Boeing's commercial group. The Boeing 787 rollout was celebrated in 2007 right here on MeFi
when the prototype was rolled out. Two years later the plane remains grounded with development costs approaching $10 billion, and Boeing announced further setbacks
in a conference call yesterday.
The hobbyists and pros
and the press
weigh in on the news. Bob's site not only addresses the 787 program but raises larger questions about oblique technical and management dichotomies in America's Fortune 500 board rooms.
posted by crapmatic
on Jul 23, 2009 -
Mark takes us on the A380
(warning: image heavy) from Dubai to New York with meticulous photographic detail. For $7300 you can fly the A380
with access to amenities like showers
and a full-service bar
, and stroll down to see the plebs in steerage
. Arguably the last time a flying hotel was tried in earnest was the post-WWII Boeing 377 Stratocruiser
, a staple of Pacific routes until jet-powered 707s appeared on the scene.
posted by crapmatic
on Nov 20, 2008 -
Bunny versus Airbus A380.
The bunny was on the runway as the A380 came in for a landing, but managed to avoid getting pancaked by bolting as the behemoth decelerated. We salute you, Runway Bunny.
posted by brownpau
on Jun 19, 2006 -
Everything's bigger in Toulouse
. The world's biggest plane
has started rolling off assembly lines and is expected to take its first flight in March 2005. The quarter-billion-dollar, twin-deck, four-aisle plane can carry 555 passengers. Thanks to its design's outsized wings, future versions of the economical
plane may carry as many as 800 passengers.
With the A380, Airbus hopes to do to Boeing
what Boeing did to its competitors over 30 years ago with the 747. Already, Airbus Industrie has outsold and out-delivered Boeing
for the last two years. But don't boycott just yet! It turns out the A380 is 51% American-made
. Parts are so big they don't fit in this whale-like
(though this Russian monster
may have a claim
); they are transported to Toulouse on a barge
. More pics
. Let's hope this latest high-tech aerospace gamble does better than the last one
Europe, of course (troll alert), already makes the world's biggest truck
, the fastest trains
, the best cars
(sorry Japan), and the most successful rocket launchers
On a darker topic, 10 years ago
, French commandos boarded an Airbus and killed Islamic terrorists planning to fly it into the Eiffel Tower.
posted by Turtle
on Dec 26, 2004 -