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Video Of Airbus A380, World’s Largest Plane, Flying Sideways, Crabwise — Amazing!

by Anura Guruge


Click to access U.K. “Daily Mail” original.

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I have experienced something similar, long time ago, in the 1970s, coming in for a landing in New Delhi on a Boeing 747. Seated at a window seat. Looking down. Coming down quite nicely. Could see the runway below us. Not that far down. Maybe 30 to 50 feet. Next second no runway. Just green grass! We had been pushed sideways. Immediately a HUGE roar. Captain gunned the engines, which are already at ‘normal’ power for just such eventuality (and you can hear/feel that in the above video), pulled the plane up and we went around … Exciting.

Still can see it in my mind’s eye. The runway just sliding away to green grass.


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by Anura Guruge

Missing EgyptAir Flight 804 — Why Was It Only At 35% Passenger Capacity?

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. Thought to be an image of the actual missing Airbus A320 plane. From Wikipedia.


Having ‘just’ been on a number of Airbus A32x on our recent trip to California the first thing that struck me, early this morning, when I heard about the missing EgyptAir Flight 804 was WHY was it so empty. I knew that an Airbus A320 can hold at least 150 passengers. Appears that depending on configuration it can hold from 150 to 179 passengers. [The plane is an Airbus A320-232.]

But this flight, from Paris no less, only had 56 passengers. Yes, I know that tourism and travel to Egypt is way down. But is it THAT bad or was there something else.

Strange that nobody else commented on this this morning. I was very struck by its emptiness. I just expected a flight from Europe to Cairo to be reasonably packed. [Most U.S. flights are full these days.]


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by Anura Guruge

Do YOU Know YOUR Planes? Fun Airliner Identification Quiz.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Airplanes is yet another of my very long list of interests, albeit one fairly high up on that list. I was going to be an aeronautical engineer before I was told, in 1969, that there were this new fangled things called ‘computers‘ that were the wave of the future. Plus, I have spent a fair amount of my life on planes. During 1985 & 1986, I must have spent 35% of my life on planes since I was in the top 2% of frequent fliers on both American and United. During 1992 to 1999, I must have spent 20% of my life on planes. I used to know my planes real, real well. These days, at most, we fly once a year. But, I still look up in the sky, like a little boy, when I hear a plane.

So when I saw this quiz I wasn’t sure how well I would do. I was amazed. I got 90%; just one wrong in the 10 I was asked to identify. I call that residual knowledge, stuff that your brain absorbs and holds on in the hope that it might someday be useful.

If you like planes or spend a lot of time in them try the quiz. It is fun. Also lets you appreciate how similar Boeing and Airbus designs are; now acknowledged as proof of how form always has to follow function.


Click to access airline identification quiz at ‘OpenNav’. No signup. No catches. In-and-out.