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tomprobert

Airliner Scrapping Vid

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An interesting video of the scrapping of two A340-600s - a sad end for such graceful machines but well worth a watch:

 

 

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16 minutes ago, tomprobert said:

An interesting video of the scrapping of two A340-600s - a sad end for such graceful machines but well worth a watch:

 

 

Hope you don't teach English Tom.

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7 minutes ago, bentwaters81tfw said:

Hope you don't teach English Tom.

Ha! I do actually - and I'm always lecturing my pupils about proof-reading too! Corrected now...

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Still seems to be a lot of re cycle material in those airframes.

 

Keith

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Airbus themselves undertook a research programme to establish how to maximise recycling of aircraft structures and components under the acronym PAMELA.  I don’t know what the outcome was, although a recovery rate of better than 95% was mentioned IIRC, or how the widespread adoption of carbon fibre primary structure will affect this. I wonder if Boeing will have to undertake a similar exercise if the 737 MAX 8 grounding becomes permanent........

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Ive seen many videos like this before, mostly military but some civvie also. I always find it sad to see the death of an aircraft in such a way. I do realize it is for recycling and such but still sad.  

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Very sad to watch,the A340's the best looking Airbus but at least it isn't a 747 that really would've bought tears to my eyes...

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Hope they don't go and do a Valiant once they're all withdrawn and end up with like one left before realising maybe someone might want one for a museum...

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41 minutes ago, Adam Poultney said:

Hope they don't go and do a Valiant once they're all withdrawn and end up with like one left before realising maybe someone might want one for a museum...

At present Planespotters don net shows six of the 400-odd A340s built as “preserved”, including what I believe is the prototype (sorry, forgot to note her MSN).  What really annoys and saddens me is that no one thought to save the prototype A300: it’s not that there was no room for her at Toulouse either.  That aeroplane begat a product range that’s clocked up nearly fifty years and fifteen thousand airframes, plus God-alone-knows-how-many jobs from a standing start and without the benefit of huge orders from military operators to help bankroll the operation?

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45 minutes ago, stever219 said:

At present Planespotters don net shows six of the 400-odd A340s built as “preserved”, including what I believe is the prototype (sorry, forgot to note her MSN).  What really annoys and saddens me is that no one thought to save the prototype A300: it’s not that there was no room for her at Toulouse either.  That aeroplane begat a product range that’s clocked up nearly fifty years and fifteen thousand airframes, plus God-alone-knows-how-many jobs from a standing start and without the benefit of huge orders from military operators to help bankroll the operation?

Ahhh yes the prototype is preserved I forgot that one haha, well seems the A340 has a good retirement ahead of it. 

Thought the prototype a300 was saved.... Seems I was wrong. Shame how much history is just thrown away like it doesn't matter. 

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16 minutes ago, Adam Poultney said:

Ahhh yes the prototype is preserved I forgot that one haha, well seems the A340 has a good retirement ahead of it. 

Thought the prototype a300 was saved.... Seems I was wrong. Shame how much history is just thrown away like it doesn't matter. 

Don't get me started!  TSR. 2, Canberra, VC-10, Spitfire, Hurricane, Lancaster, Ninrod, Comet, Tornado ADV, none of those prototypes survive, nor many others.

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The Spitfire prototype crashed fatally in September 1939.  The VC-10 prototype was badly damaged in a heavy landing as G-ARTA while in BCal service and was cannibalised for spares.  

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2 hours ago, stever219 said:

Don't get me started!  TSR. 2, Canberra, VC-10, Spitfire, Hurricane, Lancaster, Ninrod, Comet, Tornado ADV, none of those prototypes survive, nor many others.

 

Mmm yes, we have multiple replicas of the Spitfire one of course. All the TSR2s were development and prototype aircraft as well. 

Wish they'd saved the second prototypes of each v bomber, the first ones all crashed, but it should have been done...

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6 hours ago, Vince1159 said:

Very sad to watch,the A340's the best looking Airbus but at least it isn't a 747 that really would've bought tears to my eyes...

Not that worried about 747s, or most Boeings for that matter, but among the big jets Airbuses,  TriStars and even DC-10s much more so.

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7 minutes ago, stever219 said:

Not that worried about 747s, or most Boeings for that matter, but among the big jets Airbuses,  TriStars and even DC-10s much more so.

I'm the other way around,i'm a Boeing fan and as you say Tristar's and DC-10's (Lockheed and McDonnell Douglas in general)..The only AB's that i like are the A300/310 and the A340....

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6 hours ago, stever219 said:

Don't get me started!  TSR. 2, Canberra, VC-10, Spitfire, Hurricane, Lancaster, Ninrod, Comet, Tornado ADV, none of those prototypes survive, nor many others.

You forgot the Avro Canada CF-105 also

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3 hours ago, Corsairfoxfouruncle said:

You forgot the Avro Canada CF-105 also

I’ll see your CF-105 and raise you a C-102 Jetliner, the jet the Tudor should have become.

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I think the second A300 still exists. Not quite THE first I know.

 

Keith

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I saw these two airframes many times at Shanghai Pudong airport over the years in happier times.  Interesting that Chinese airliners from a State Airline end up at a former Soviet Air Base in Germany being cut up

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