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Airbus A380-800 (G-XLEH)


BA213 SUPER Landing RWY 22L


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Mark Thomas
Well, you can't get much closer than that!! Nice shot John!
John MarottaPhoto Uploader
Thank you Mark !
Great shot !!!
John MarottaPhoto Uploader
Thank you Vaides Radu Sorin !
Grant MacGregor
Why is nose gear not on the tarmac ?
Grant MacGregor
End of take off roll ?
John MarottaPhoto Uploader
It's a landing
Peter Singh
Beauty shot but it's got to be a take smoke from the tyres if it's landing
John MarottaPhoto Uploader
Thank you. It's a landing. Note the inboard thrust reverser.
John MarottaPhoto Uploader
I will post another picture of the sequence with some tire smoke
Peter Singh
Yeh inboard reverse thruster open,nice one mate,and again beauty shot
John MarottaPhoto Uploader
Thank you Peter !
Nice shot John. Can anybody tell me why only the inboard reversers are applied on the A380? Are they even fitted to the outboard engines? If they aren't, why not? If they are , why aren't they used? My guess is something to do with heavy takeoff rejection in which case all thrust reversers are applied, otherwise just the inboard two are activated for normally landings. Perhaps A380 wingspan is the culprit with too many rwy landing lights blown away but that cant be true since takeoffs obviously use all four engines and damage would be far greater from them. Anyway, beats me. Anybody know?

Viv Pike
@ Lordfarringdon - this is what Airspace Magazine had to say about this, and I quote:

"With the Airbus A380 weighing in fully loaded at 1,265,000 pounds, you might think stopping it within a reasonable distance after landing would require a Phalanx of Heavy-duty thrust reversers.

Truth be told, in the megaliner’s braking system, thrust reversers are the least critical components. Airliners are not required to have thrust reversers, and only the two inboard engines on the A380 are equipped with them. The decision not to install reversers on the A380’s two outboard engines saved weight and lowered the chances that those engines, which sometimes hang over runway edges, would be damaged by ingesting foreign objects.

The two reversers do help slow the A380—but not by much. In fact, unlike the thrust reversers on most airliners, including the Boeing 747 jumbo, they do not stop the aircraft in a shorter distance than brakes and spoilers alone. They do, however, take some of the strain off the brakes and are useful if water or snow makes the runway slippery."
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
17-Jan-2019 A388Miami Intl ()London Heathrow () 10:05PM EST 10:42AM GMT (+1) En Route
17-Jan-2019 A388London Heathrow ()Miami Intl () 02:59PM GMT 07:23PM EST 9:23
16-Jan-2019 A388Miami Intl ()London Heathrow () 10:00PM EST 10:45AM GMT (+1) 7:44
16-Jan-2019 A388London Heathrow ()Miami Intl () 02:50PM GMT 07:07PM EST 9:16
16-Jan-2019 A388Hong Kong Int'l ()London Heathrow () 12:14AM HKT 04:43AM GMT 12:28
14-Jan-2019 A388London Heathrow ()Hong Kong Int'l () 09:23PM GMT 04:59PM HKT (+1) 11:35
13-Jan-2019 A388Miami Intl ()London Heathrow () 09:42PM EST 10:36AM GMT (+1) 7:53
13-Jan-2019 A388London Heathrow ()Miami Intl () 02:33PM GMT 06:57PM EST 9:24
12-Jan-2019 A388Miami Intl ()London Heathrow () 09:58PM EST 10:47AM GMT (+1) 7:49
12-Jan-2019 A388London Heathrow ()Miami Intl () 03:13PM GMT 07:16PM EST 9:02
12-Jan-2019 A388Hong Kong Int'l ()London Heathrow () 12:04AM HKT 04:36AM GMT 12:31
10-Jan-2019 A388London Heathrow ()Hong Kong Int'l () 09:27PM GMT 04:40PM HKT (+1) 11:13
10-Jan-2019 A388Hong Kong Int'l ()London Heathrow () 12:28AM HKT 04:38AM GMT 12:09
08-Jan-2019 A388London Heathrow ()Hong Kong Int'l () 10:00PM GMT 05:52PM HKT (+1) 11:51
07-Jan-2019 A388OR Tambo Int'l ()London Heathrow () 08:32PM SAST 05:25AM GMT (+1) 10:52
06-Jan-2019 A388London Heathrow ()OR Tambo Int'l () 06:46PM GMT 07:12AM SAST (+1) 10:25
05-Jan-2019 A388OR Tambo Int'l ()London Heathrow () 10:18PM SAST 07:18AM GMT (+1) 10:59
04-Jan-2019 A388London Heathrow ()OR Tambo Int'l () 09:32PM GMT 09:45AM SAST (+1) 10:13
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