Sunday, May 21, 2006

Big Bird

If I’m right, we may be seeing a lot of the new 555-seat Airbus A380, the world's biggest passenger jet, in the future.

Suitable runway locations around Europe to train the new pilots in taking-off and landing the giant aircraft are a little thin on the ground and in the UK, well there’s, you guessed it, Manston, I suspect.

It doesn’t seem so long ago that Manston used to be visited by training Concorde crews, so I’m prepared to put money on the A380 – see video – putting in an appearance not long after the first deliveries to the UK-based airline customers.

The A380, if it comes, will however be an order of magnitude quieter than the old DC8s that presently use Manston for freight traffic.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice to see it in the flesh so to speak; although I grasp the physics of why it can get into the air and stay there, it still amazes; a bit like the bumble bee.