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Old November 19th 06, 07:10 PM posted to,rec.aviation.misc
Paul Frankenstein[_1_]
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Default Airbus A380 in Arizona

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John Francis wrote:
* In article ,
* User wrote:
* Spotted on Interstate 10 about 75 miles east of Tucscon, Arizona, on
* the afternoon of 11/17:
* A large convoy of trucks guiding an oversized load. The oversized
* load appeared to be a fuselage section about 75 feet long, and
* significantly larger in diameter than a 747. And the whole package
* was labeled "Airbus A380". (Sorry I don't have more detail. It was
* my brother who saw this. Briefly. From the opposite lanes of
* traffic. And since I work in the commercial aircraft industry he
* called me to see if I knew what it was.)
* Probably parts for the Boeing 787. That's wider than anything
* currently in commercial service (and many of the newer jets are
* already noticeably wider than a mere 747).

That's factually incorrect. The 787 will probably be deployed in a 2-4-2
configuration in economy, which is somewhat narrower than the 2-5-2 (or
3-3-3) configuration in use on the DC-10 (and derivatives) and the 777, not
to mention the 747's 3-4-3 configuration.

Boeing's site lists the width of the 787 at 18 feet, 11 inches; the 747 is
21 feet, 4 inches. The 777 is listed as being 20 ft 4 in wide.

By comparison, it appears that the A380 will have a 2-4-2 configuration on
the upper deck and a 3-4-3 configuration on the lower deck. Wikipedia says
that the width of the A380 will be 23 ft 6 in.

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