Thursday, November 15, 2007

A380 Sighting

I didn't have any training on Monday and it was a nice day so I took the Metro downtown and spent some time walking around Old Montreal snapping photos (which I will post soon). While I was there I heard a jet coming overhead somewhat low so I looked up and took a quick shot.



At first I thought it was a 747, but that didn't look quite right. Then it banked and I realized it was a the A380! Mon dieu!

8 comments:

Georg said...

it's an ugly bird, but it's fascinating, isnt't it?

I had the chance to be one of the first flying this beast, and I can tell you, its probably the most quiet airliner I ever experienced...absolutely fantastic, unless someone 2 rows behind you is talking at normal voice, as you will now understand every single word :)

Evan said...

can't imagine you haven't heard about this yet but regardless:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/3703453/

Anonymous said...

This is totally off topic, but seeing the photo of the A380 made me think about fuel efficiency and then I had this crazy question: would it be possible (in theory) to power an airplane using electricity, i.e. batteries, or hydrogen fuel cells? Or is kerosene the only molecule that packs enough punch? Anyone have any thoughts?

Sam said...

Evan- I hadn't heard about that. I'm supposed to be back in Minneapolis on the 27th, so perhaps I'll have to mosey down to MSP...if I'm bored. I generally just can't get all that excited over the A380. Probably 'cuz it's fugly!

Anonymous- Even better than that, you can make a plane that's human powered!. The challenge is making a practical alternative-fuel aircraft, and that's still years away. As of now, there are no practical non-petroleum based fuels that have as much energy per pound and per cubic foot as kerosene does.

the other sam said...

Any idea where this one was going?

Tim said...

ohh man, she is a beaut! i like 'em thick!! haha

Bob Reed said...

The A380 if a bit on the larger side but I agree it is beaut. It is quiet and clean. As fir the alternative fuel airplane engine I believe at the moment there is no such technology available or in the works. If someone has information on this though I would greatly appreciate a link. I am always interested in alternative fuel measures. I currently drive a 1982 Mercedes diesel on vegetable oil and I love it. Burns clean and if you hit the gas hard it smells like breakfast.Bob

Sam said...

Other Sam - It was on approach to YUL when I saw it. The next day it flew down to MCO, then returned a few days later. I saw it again in MSP the other day when I was flying out to Portland. Seems it's on a North American Tour....