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February 14, 2014, 5:05am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Genuinely quite excited by this... a chance to dust off the anorak, at last.

April 10th be the day, 15.35 the hour.

http://www.glasgowairport.com/.....one_off-a380-service

Possible practice run for future operations?
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Moment the first A380 super jumbo lands in Scotland
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I thought the Antonov 225 was the worlds largest aircraft, though I may be mistaken.
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The Russians certainly describe it as the 'biggest', and I have just seen two recent reports detailing the aircraft, but it may be that the various claimants to the title require to clarify what they mean.

By this I refer to biggest by physical measurement of wingspan, or fuselage length. Which one is the criteria?

Then again, the Antov is biggest by virtue of weight and load carrying ability - again, what criteria counts?

An-225 Mriya (which is referred to Dream from Ukrainian) is the heaviest airlift cargo aircraft ever taken off in the sky. The maximum takeoff weight makes 640 tons. An-225 was designed, due to the necessity to create the air transport system for the Soviet reusable Space Shuttle Buran. This is the only such aircraft in the world.

Such is the specialised nature of the Antonov, at the moment, they simply cannot consider building another - and it does have a specified operational life, and be grounded one day.

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There you go...

I knew there would be something handy that showed the difference

An-225 is comfortably bigger than the rest - not counting Hughes' 'Spruce Goose' wingspan, which only flew once and was not practical.

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I saw the Antonov taking off from Prestwick once,and it was quite an impressive sight!
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I can only claim to have seen Concorde at Prestwick, and as we know, it's not the biggest aircraft in the box... although it does have a certain claim to being the speediest (commercial airliner).

I haven't got a comparable graphic to fit to scale with the one above, so you'll just have to compare the numbers, and see how it disappears in the above group, and given the configuration, only length counts since the wingspan is for completely different wing types:

Length: 202 ft 4 in (61.66 m)
Wingspan: 84 ft 0 in (25.6 m)
Height: 40 ft 0 in (12.2 m)

62 metres as opposed to 84 metres for the Antonov - 22 metres less.

A Tornado GR4 is just under 17 metres - but is meaner
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By a lucky combination of nightshift and fatigue, I managed to miss the bloody thing.

Anyway, size isn't everything. Saw a VC10 landing in Glasgow a few years back. Still holds the fastest subsonic transatlantic crossing time.
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I always thought the VC-10 a beautiful aircraft.  I also think both the BOAC and BEA colours were far nicer than most airlines today.  You got a good view of all aspects of the BEA colours in the Air Crash Investigation episode about the crash of the Trident near Heathrow.
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Only 54 VC-10 built...

To celebrate fifty years of the VC-10, the 95th anniversary of 101 Squadron and 30 years since the first K2 entered service in the air-air refuelling role, the RAF flew three examples from their base at RAF Brize Norton in a mission that took them North to Scotland and a fly past at RAF Lossiemouth then on to RAF Leuchars. A flight South saw them fly over Newcastle Upon Tyne, RAF Scampton, RAF Waddington, RAF Cranwell, RAF Coningsby, RAF Marham and finally retuning to RAF Brize Norton where the trio of jets did a run and break before touching down for the final time.

The remaining four jets will soldier on until the out of service date during March 2013 and the type will fall silent.

All were to be scrapped with the exception of the specially marked C.Mk 1 and possibly a nose section, with possibility of one going to Bruntingthorpe and kept for ground runs but all of those bound for the Leicestershire base said to be scrapped there.


Subsequent to this note, it looks as if less than ten survive in various museums, and includes those broken for parts to be used in others.
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The, relative, failure of the VC10 is because it was built to BOAC's spec for servicing the Empire routes.

BOAC - possibly an abbreviation of Boeing Over Any Competition - wanted a plane capable of hot and high performance. Naturally this sort of performance affected flight economy.

BOAC then justified buying 707s because they were cheaper to operate than the 10. And, in an ultimate irony, the restricted runways the 10 was built for were lengthened/improved.

The Russians had a rather similar plane to the VC10, the IL-62. 250 of them were built!
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Seems a shame not to mention this story about the Antonov An-225, if for no other reason that it provides details not usually mentioned.

I have to admit to being a little surprised to it spend its days 'Busy doing nothing'

While I certainly don't follow its business, last time I came across it I got the impression it was fairly busy, as the only aircraft of its type able to move large cargo by air.

If you don't read the article, then there is one gem to note - although there is only one flying An-225, there is a never completed, but ready to be, airframe sitting in the assembly area.

And China (remember, backward China, dirty polluting China) is looking at taking it over.

BBC - Future - The world’s biggest plane may have a new mission

PS China WAS polluting when developing, and by sheer numbers or size of country/population is a big polluter, BUT, it also has done more to introduce renewable, and close/cancel coal-fired powered stations than most other nations (hundreds, not one or two). And with SCROTUS destroying the US climate-change policy AND planning to give US coal miners 'Jobs for the Boys' by restarting closed pits, China is looking cleaner all the time. Incidentally, you may not know that China has produced so much solar power hardware that the US has accused it of 'dumping' its surplus there to destroy its industry.
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