25 July 2008
A380 at Farnborough
Rob Fisher

I went to the Farnborough air show last weekend and took this video of the A380 taking off, flying around a bit, and landing.  The pilot made it climb and turn much quicker than I think it would on a normal passenger flight.  It was very big and very impressive.  Apologies for the shaky camera.

A380 at Farnborough from Rob Fisher on Vimeo.


  1. Still an ugly bugger though isn’t it?

    The captcha has just asked me to type in the word “soviet”.  Is it trying to tell me something?

    Posted by Patrick Crozier on  25 July 2008 at 05:19 pm

  2. It’s the front.  Has something of a Super Guppy about it.

    Posted by Rob Fisher on  25 July 2008 at 10:13 pm

  3. I was there too (on the Sunday). Shame I didn’t know you were going to. Of course the A380 could not do that sort of climbing and turning on an ordinary passenger flight. A full load of passengers, cargo, and fuel does lowever the manoeverability a little.

    Posted by Michael Jennings on  30 July 2008 at 05:59 pm

  4. I’d completely forgotten to take into account that it was empty.  I am only slightly less impressed.

    Perhaps in two years we should have a Transport Blog visit to the show.

    Posted by Rob Fisher on  30 July 2008 at 07:13 pm

  5. what a monster!

    Posted by roy on  05 August 2008 at 04:12 pm

  6. Personally, my favorite has always been the Bristol Brabazon.  Twinned double-row radial engines buried in those fantastically thick wings driving enormous pusher propellers, a spacious cabin providing state rooms for 100 priveleged passengers, cruising at a stately 150 knots to some far flung corner of the Empire.  Brilliant!

    Tell me that the Brabazon didn’t have the wingspan of the A-380 even if it was well below the gross weight.  The Brabazon is regarded by David Frost as a great failure of Great Britain, but the prototype flew rather nicely and without mishap, didn’t it?  Oh, what might have been!

    Posted by Paul Milenkovic on  08 September 2008 at 06:16 am

  7. I might add, the A-380 had been invented nearly 60 years ago, it was 100% British, and it was called the Brabazon Mark II with Bristol Proteus turboprop engines.

    Oh, the Brabazon pioneered the wide-body fuselage and the double passenger decks.  It also pioneered ultra-lightweight construction methods for such a large craft—it was uniquely light in weight for its size.

    Posted by Paul Milenkovic on  12 September 2008 at 06:41 am

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