Airbus A380 - The Tale of a Wing

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Airbus A380 - The Tale of a Wing Hill 1/17/05 4:49 PM
On 1-18-05, a new jumbo jet, the Airbus A380 made its official debut in Toulouse, France.There are now some Airbus 380's visible at Toulouse.

The attachments show what it takes to make a wing on this plane,from mining bauxite in Australia to final assembly in Toulouse, France. From a story by Peter Pae, LA Times Staff Writer.





The Airbus 380, fabricated in Toulouse, France, is the largest passenger aircraft built, surpassing the Boeing 747.
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Lengthwise, it would nearly stretch from goal line to goal line of a football field while its wing tips would hang well beyond the sidelines. Three full decks will run along the entire length of the plane. Upper and main decks will serve as passenger areas, and will be connected by a grand staircase near the front of the plane and by another smaller staircase at the back. Although the lower deck will be reserved primarily for cargo, it could be outfitted for special passenger uses such as sleeper cabins, business centers or even child care service. In a one-class configuration, the A380 could accommodate as many as 840 passsengers.





My thanks to all who have helped to improve this post. I have made modifications to placemarks based on new information and a few finds of my own. But it isn't completed yet. Within the information balloons of several of the placemarks are desired information improvments that I think can be made. When this post was originally made the best resolution in most areas outside of the U.S. was much worse than the lowest resolution available now. As resolution and local knowledge improve, more adjustments can be made.

Wikipedia link with updated information about the 380...
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Re: Airbus A380 eric1000 1/22/05 6:43 AM
i would love to see the 380 here in keyhole...
but i think the us goverment is too busy making war somewehere in the world... :-(

to those who can read german..
" http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,337878,00.html "

or to those who not...
try the babelfish to your language...
http://babelfish.altavista.com/
Re: Airbus A380 Hill 1/22/05 7:34 AM
Fortunately, Keyhole isn't funded by the government. To understand more about image displays, you may want to check this earlier thread, particularly seer's and Lrae's comments.
Re: Airbus A380 patch051 7/9/05 9:14 AM
Just to help people who search the site : it is Toulouse and not Tuolouse. Hill, if you can edit your post...
Corrected - Thanks
Re: Airbus A380 _M_X_S_ 7/11/05 6:02 AM
Hi Hill,
I'm french and I make some corrections on your file, like the real place of Langon and the Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (where the A380 is for the moment)
Hope you like it...
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-M.X.S-
Corrected and added
Re: Airbus A380 AC1 7/16/05 10:46 PM
Error in your Placemark

Toulouse and not Tuolouse
Re: Airbus A380 BruceR 7/19/05 2:53 PM
Pics of the wing leaving Broughton ...
from the BBC
Re: Airbus A380 Update hiddensoul 7/19/05 6:19 PM
I have edited the location of the processing plant in Perth. The actual plant is located in an Industrial area south of Perth in Kwinana. I am uncertain of the exact location of the plant but the placemark is now a lot closer. Corrected and added to initail post folder.
Re: Airbus A380 TheRealMcCoy 7/20/05 2:02 AM
Hi,

You wanna see A380 in Google Earth ? Here you are

This overlay is a high-resolution (0.6m !!!) QuickBird satellite image taken on the 12/06/05 during Paris Air Show.

Airbus A380 is at the top of the image

Try to identify the others

Image provided by DigitalGlobe

Hi to _M_X_S_ as I'm also French
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Re: Airbus A380 Stingray 7/20/05 10:40 PM
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This overlay is a high-resolution (0.6m !!!) QuickBird satellite image taken on the 12/06/05 during Paris Air Show.




It looks like you've set the overlay transparency in your placemark to zero, which means by default you cannot see the overlay. This might confuse some people!
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Re: Airbus A380 TheRealMcCoy 7/20/05 10:53 PM
Oooops

Sorry for that and thanks you for having telling me

I did so much testing to try to align it correctly... and I forgot to check transparency before saving

Placemark corrected in the previous post
Re: Airbus A380 Update v3 BruceR 7/26/05 2:40 PM
I've updated the points near where I live, Broughton factory is next to the airfield, and I moved Mostyn to the port. Corrected and added to initial post folder
Re: Airbus A380 Pter 7/27/05 6:34 PM
Airbus 380 are quadrireactors, i think they re here ..
Re: Airbus A380 Pter 7/27/05 7:06 PM
Toulouse Airport's Terminal is there (at North of Airbus Construction site).
Re: Airbus A380 StephDegr 7/28/05 9:02 AM
I'm surprised no one has put a marker where the A380 assembly line is actually located at Blagnac Airport. It is at the North of the runway, the main hangar is already built on the google pics and the parkings are in construction.

Here's a view of what it looks like (north/south upside down).



Sorry I just registered here, I don't know yet how to add the google earth link
Re: Airbus A380 lets feel sorry for the cowboys dmks22 7/28/05 7:23 PM
With a cattle carrier this big, think how many cowboys are now out of work.

(You know that's what it's going to be used for).
Toulouse payed tribute to the A380 jldtou 8/13/05 12:26 PM
Toulouse payed tribute to the A380 for its maiden flight.
Toulouse a rendu un hommage à l'A380 lors de son premier vol.

See the beautiful overlay

JLD
Re: Airbus A380 I_like_planes 8/20/05 4:46 AM
This position isn't the A380 assembly (it's north of this location).
This is the Toulouse delivery centre (aircraft here are A330's and A340's)
Re: Airbus A380 banyouls 9/23/05 4:04 PM
Sorry, those aren't A380, but probably A340-200 or A340-500.

A380 Final Assembly Line is about 4 km in the North of this position...on this layer the Final Assembly Line is not fully built.
Now it is fully achieved and in production.
As reminder the first flight of the first A380 happened April, 27th 2005.

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Re: Airbus A380 Hill 11/14/05 3:33 PM

Image and quote from www.airportbusiness.com
The Airbus A380 taxies past the control tower of Singapore's Changi International Airport shortly after its landing.

Airbus to Compensate for Delivery Delays

AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

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The double-decker Airbus A380 made its first landing in Asia on Friday, and Airbus officials said Asian airlines that have ordered the superjumbo will be compensated for delivery delays.

Seven airlines in the Asia-Pacific region have ordered a total of 49 A380s, accounting for 31 percent of 159 firm orders so far for the world's largest passenger aircraft - but deliveries have been pushed back six to eight months due to production delays.

The rollout of the plane is now on track, said Charles Champion, Airbus' head of the A380 program, and Airbus is "committed to deliver the first aircraft by the end of 2006" to Singapore Airlines, the first airline to operate the jet.

Singapore Airlines, which has ordered 10 of the jets, has complained about an eight-month delay in delivery to November 2006. Australian Qantas, which has ordered 12 planes, and Malaysia Airlines, which has ordered six planes, are also unhappy with the postponement.

Airbus will compensate airlines for the delays according to contract terms, officials said.






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Re: Airbus A380 pradelou31 1/6/06 12:36 PM
I want to send you for the next A380 delivery center plce in toulouse but i don't know how to do. Help me please
Re: Airbus A380 Frank_McVey 1/6/06 1:05 PM
Hi, Lou, welcome to GE.

Adding placemarks is fairly easy.

Here you go!

Cheers

Frank
Re: Airbus A380 Gerardo64 1/20/06 8:54 PM
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I wonder who will be the first to post one of these after they are in the air and Keyhole refreshes and improves resolution in some of its locations?





OK, seems that Tilmann did it... A380
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Re: Airbus A380 Munden 1/21/06 7:19 AM
No, he didn't. The 380 would have a wingspan of 260 feet roughly. This one's barely 200 feet. Also, check bebop's reply.
Re: Airbus A380 Milouz 4/11/06 1:27 PM
could you delete your wrong placemark please
thanks
Re: Airbus A380 - The Tale of a Wing ivankazak 12/15/06 12:54 PM
Tu-204 is the best )
Re: Airbus A380 - The Tale of a Wing Hill 6/3/07 11:37 AM
Time and new imagery have produced the first 380's that I know of on Google Earth. All are located at the Airbus plant at Toulouse, France.

The original post has updated placemarks and information.

More information
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Re: Airbus A380 - The Tale of a Wing PriceCollins 10/3/07 9:03 PM
Hill,

A user has noted that within the subfolder "Darling Mts." the placemark "Alcoa refinery at Ragerup" should be changed to "Alcoa refinery at Wagerup"

This can be confirmed in Google Maps and Microsoft.

Fixed. Thanks.
Re: Airbus A380 - The Tale of a Wing carmedic 2/15/09 5:58 PM
Photo of an A380 wing leaving the factory at Hawarden


taken from 53°11'20.78"N 2°58'43.76"W
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Re: Airbus A380 - The Tale of a Wing spotter2 2/16/09 5:40 AM
A little something for you to add to your tale, wow, I can't believe it's 105 feet long!


By nelson2u at 2009-02-16

And just 1,600 feet northwest of there, I think this is an engine nacelle mock up for the monster, it's 12 feet in diameter!


By nelson2u at 2009-02-16

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Re: Airbus A380 - The Tale of a Wing spotter2 2/16/09 11:51 AM
I've been checking my research, am I right, is this the wing and the engine mock up for the Airbus A-350 XWB, or am I mistaken?
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