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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
16-Oct-2018 A388Hong Kong Int'l ()London Heathrow () 11:35PM HKT 04:38AM BST (+1) En Route
15-Oct-2018 A388London Heathrow ()Hong Kong Int'l () 07:48PM BST 02:13PM HKT (+1) 11:25
14-Oct-2018 A388San Francisco Intl ()London Heathrow () 08:08PM PDT 01:34PM BST (+1) 9:25
14-Oct-2018 A388London Heathrow ()San Francisco Intl () 03:07PM BST 05:07PM PDT 9:59
13-Oct-2018 A388Hong Kong Int'l ()London Heathrow () 11:41PM HKT 04:33AM BST (+1) 11:52
12-Oct-2018 A388London Heathrow ()Hong Kong Int'l () 08:00PM BST 02:44PM HKT (+1) 11:44
10-Oct-2018 A388Hong Kong Int'l ()London Heathrow () 11:33PM HKT 04:41AM BST (+1) 12:08
09-Oct-2018 A388London Heathrow ()Hong Kong Int'l () 07:17PM BST 01:32PM HKT (+1) 11:15
08-Oct-2018 A388San Francisco Intl ()London Heathrow () 07:47PM PDT 01:17PM BST (+1) 9:30
08-Oct-2018 A388London Heathrow ()San Francisco Intl () 02:50PM BST 05:01PM PDT 10:10
07-Oct-2018 A388Los Angeles Intl ()London Heathrow () 03:58PM PDT 09:37AM BST (+1) 9:38
07-Oct-2018 A388London Heathrow ()Los Angeles Intl () 10:46AM BST 01:02PM PDT 10:15
06-Oct-2018 A388OR Tambo Int'l ()London Heathrow () 07:33PM SAST 05:09AM BST (+1) 10:35
05-Oct-2018 A388London Heathrow ()OR Tambo Int'l () 07:40PM BST 06:57AM SAST (+1) 10:17
04-Oct-2018 A388Los Angeles Intl ()London Heathrow () 11:33PM PDT 04:37PM BST (+1) 9:03
04-Oct-2018 A388London Heathrow ()Los Angeles Intl () 06:12PM BST 08:45PM PDT 10:33
03-Oct-2018 A388Los Angeles Intl ()London Heathrow () 03:44PM PDT 09:04AM BST (+1) 9:19
03-Oct-2018 A388London Heathrow ()Los Angeles Intl () 10:10AM BST 01:01PM PDT 10:51
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