Airbus A380: Superjumbo of the 21st Century by Mark Wagner, Guy Norris

By Mark Wagner, Guy Norris

Poised for takeoff on that sizzling morning in April 2005, the Airbus A380 had the functional, strong presence of a large predatory chicken. With its huge, immense gulled wings, imperiously tall tail, and wide, domed forepeak, it seemed able to tackle the area. And alongside the way in which, it has had lots of supporters—and critics. No civil airliner because the supersonic Concorde has aroused such emotion, such fascination, and such reason célèbre.

To a convinced Airbus and the hundreds of thousands of awestruck staff who cheered it into that cloudless sky over Toulouse, it capability a lot more. the eu corporation has been reworked less than the extensive wings of this amazing undertaking right into a unmarried company entity—from a free consortium right into a new, extra dynamic strength to problem its important adversary Boeing in each marketplace sector.

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41A. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. QF ·ATTACK INDICATOR SMATS ADVISORY INDICATORS NOTE: CAUTION AND ADVISORY INDICATORS SHOWN ENERGIZED FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES. Cockpit photos by Mick Roth. 53 PILOT'S INSTRUMENT PANEL RA-SC PILOT'S LEFT - HAND CONSOLE BuNo 156614 c=__ --------R-A---5c---P-IL-o-T-'s--L-E-F-T---H-A-N-D~C~O~N~S~O~L~E~________~ 1. DATA CA SE 2. SUIT CONTROL PANEL EXPOSURE SUIT PANEL (AIACAAFT 15661S·156653) 3. HIGH-AL TITUDE LIGHT 4. CONSOLE FLOODLIGHT 5. STATIC PRESSURE COMPENSATOll 8UTTON (DELETED sv AFC 159) 6.

58 COMPLIED WITH RA-SC AUTOI=LlGHT CONTROLS AND INDICATORS AUTO-FlIGHT INDICATORS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. AUTO-FlIGHT CONTROL PANEL 29 HEADING TRIM CONTROL AUTOFLIGHT SYSTEM ENGAGE SWITCH AUTO-LABS SWITCH ROLL SWITCH PITCH KNOB AUTO-LABS INDICATOR AFCS ENGAGE INDICATOR AFCS ROLL INDICATOR AFCS PITCH INDICATOR ~_________________T_A_IL_H~O~O_K__A_S~S~E_M_B_L_Y_________________] WARNING LIGHT ARRESTING GEAR ARRESTING HOOK HANDLE The Vigilante had a "V" type arresting gear with arresting gear doors attached so that the underbelly of the aircraft was smooth for supersonic speeds when the tailhook was retracted.

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