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Airbus A380-800 (G-XLEH)

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BA213 SUPER Landing RWY 22L

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Mark Thomas
Well, you can't get much closer than that!! Nice shot John!
John Marotta Photo Uploader
Thank you Mark !
VAIDES RADU SORIN
Great shot !!!
John Marotta Photo Uploader
Thank you Vaides Radu Sorin !
Grant MacGregor
Why is nose gear not on the tarmac ?
Grant MacGregor
End of take off roll ?
John Marotta Photo Uploader
It's a landing
Peter Singh
Beauty shot but it's got to be a take off..no smoke from the tyres if it's landing
John Marotta Photo Uploader
Thank you. It's a landing. Note the inboard thrust reverser.
John Marotta Photo 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 Marotta Photo Uploader
Thank you Peter !
lordfarringdon
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
20-Jun-2018 A388London Heathrow ()Singapore Changi () 08:05PM BST 03:55PM +08 (+1) Scheduled
19-Jun-2018 A388Los Angeles Intl ()London Heathrow () 10:05PM PDT 03:57PM BST (+1) Scheduled
19-Jun-2018 A388London Heathrow ()Los Angeles Intl () 04:20PM BST 06:50PM PDT Scheduled
19-Jun-2018 A388London Heathrow ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 04:15PM BST 06:12PM CDT Cancelled
18-Jun-2018 A388Chicago O'Hare Intl ()London Heathrow () 10:38PM CDT 11:09AM BST (+1) En Route
18-Jun-2018 A388London Heathrow ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 04:45PM BST 08:01PM CDT 9:16
17-Jun-2018 A388Boston Logan Intl ()London Heathrow () 07:43PM EDT 06:35AM BST (+1) 5:52
17-Jun-2018 A388London Heathrow ()Boston Logan Intl () 11:41AM BST 01:23PM EDT 6:42
16-Jun-2018 A388OR Tambo Int'l ()London Heathrow () 07:35PM SAST 05:14AM BST (+1) 10:39
15-Jun-2018 A388London Heathrow ()OR Tambo Int'l () 07:35PM BST 06:47AM SAST (+1) 10:11
14-Jun-2018 A388Los Angeles Intl ()London Heathrow () 10:18PM PDT 04:01PM BST (+1) 9:43
14-Jun-2018 A388London Heathrow ()Los Angeles Intl () 05:06PM BST 07:45PM PDT 10:38
13-Jun-2018 A388OR Tambo Int'l ()London Heathrow () 07:43PM SAST 05:21AM BST (+1) 10:38
12-Jun-2018 A388London Heathrow ()OR Tambo Int'l () 07:33PM BST 07:07AM SAST (+1) 10:33
11-Jun-2018 A388Chicago O'Hare Intl ()London Heathrow () 09:59PM CDT 11:26AM BST (+1) 7:27
11-Jun-2018 A388London Heathrow ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 04:55PM BST 06:37PM CDT 7:42
10-Jun-2018 A388San Francisco Intl ()London Heathrow () 07:53PM PDT 01:38PM BST (+1) 9:45
10-Jun-2018 A388London Heathrow ()San Francisco Intl () 03:08PM BST 05:10PM PDT 10:02
09-Jun-2018 A388Hong Kong Int'l ()London Heathrow () 11:36PM HKT 04:36AM BST (+1) 12:00
08-Jun-2018 A388London Heathrow ()Hong Kong Int'l () 07:32PM BST 02:09PM HKT (+1) 11:37
07-Jun-2018 A388San Francisco Intl ()London Heathrow () 08:00PM PDT 01:44PM BST (+1) 9:44
07-Jun-2018 A388London Heathrow ()San Francisco Intl () 02:43PM BST 05:14PM PDT 10:31
06-Jun-2018 A388Hong Kong Int'l ()London Heathrow () 11:44PM HKT 04:33AM BST (+1) 11:49
05-Jun-2018 A388London Heathrow ()Hong Kong Int'l () 07:09PM BST 01:25PM HKT (+1) 11:16
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