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    Airbus A380, World's Largest Passenger Aircraft
    Takeoff weight is 1.3 million pounds, versus 800+ thousand pounds for the Boeing 747-400. Check out the video; it's pretty amazing.

    http://www.popularmechanics.com/blog...s/4213543.html
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    That is very cool Mathogre.... Although it does have a ring of "unsinkable" to it.

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    too bad it will never make $
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    Amazing, just amazing. The bit about approach speed was really neat, although I notice they didn't tell us what it is!

    The "unsinkable" comment rings true. I hate to think what happens when 500-700 passengers get taken out in a crash. Are we ready for that sort of mass destruction?
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    A few months ago there was a plane that landed at Newark (EWR), a 757 as I recall, not a large plane but no slouch on size either. It was supposed to be landing on a westbound runway, but instead landed on the parallel taxiway just to its north.

    Ah ha! Found some links...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contine...nding_incident
    http://www.nypost.com/seven/10312006...emy_olshan.htm

    If you Google Map it w/ the satellite images (or Google Earth), you'll see a most interesting taxiway. It's a bit narrow, curves toward the runway, parallels it, and then curves away. It would have been an exciting ride in the cockpit for sure.

    Newark, while not the busiest airport in the US, *is* busy and is very crowded physically. It's well modernized, and the 757 is a very capable and modern aircraft. Imagine an A380 landing on a taxiway like that.

    Oh, and on approach speed, it's probably something like 120 knots (~180km/hr or thereabouts).
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    I hate planes

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    Quote Originally Posted by RIDE View Post
    That is very cool Mathogre.... Although it does have a ring of "unsinkable" to it.
    I would imagine that similar comments were made about the 747/757 when they began flying. Besides, it's not even the world's largest/heaviest flying plane.

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    I have to admit that I would appreciate the leg room when I travel 11 hours straight.
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    I wish they would bring back the Concorde. That was a great step forward for mankind, one accident and people overreact. My fathers friend used to fly regularly by Concorde out to Australia and places like that. I really wish I could have had the opportunity.

    While impressive there doesn't seem much point in the overall size of the aircraft. It might be a good option for long-haul flights but not so much so for short-haul flights.

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    i'm still waiting for them to bring back zeppelins.
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    The real problem with the Concorde was its age. Those planes were all built in the early 70's - they were simply at the end of their serviceable life time. The accident just sealed their fate.

    The REAL problem with the Concorde of course is that it was only marginally profitable if at all. It cost too much to run for what they could charge.

    I agree though, real shame. I always wanted to ride in one and never did. My wife and I frequently daydreamed about a vacation where we would take the QE2 across the Atlantic to England for the first leg of the trip, and then the Concorde back. Sigh.. never happened, and now never will.

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    I wish they would bring back the Concorde. That was a great step forward for mankind, one accident and people overreact. My fathers friend used to fly regularly by Concorde out to Australia and places like that. I really wish I could have had the opportunity.

    While impressive there doesn't seem much point in the overall size of the aircraft. It might be a good option for long-haul flights but not so much so for short-haul flights.
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