Spotting at Cannes #2

I’m starting to really like my new camera and understand how to use it properly. Here are some shots that I took at Cannes with it during last 3 months.

Most of the pictures were taken using the 55-250 mm STM, except this one :

Thunderstorm at Cannes

La pointe de l’aiguille under lightning

It was at night during a great thunderstorm in the sea that caused a lot of troubles in the air traffic from Nice to Toulon.

Cannes is also a place where there are a lot of interesting machines like this old Fouga (former plane used in the Patrouille de France before they switched to the Alpha Jet).

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There are also a lot helicopters (it represents almost half of the traffic during summer period with a top of 45% during august).

 

The biggest one is the first H175 used for VIP purposes as you can see on this article. The yellow and red EC145 is called Dragon as it is a rescue helicopter based in Cannes.

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Spotting in Frankfurt

As I said in my previous article, I was blocked at Frankfurt Airport because I had a problem with my flight. Fortunately I had my camera with me, so I could take some pictures that I would like to share with you.

I had the opportunity to see a lot of beautiful aircraft like the Airbus A380, or the latest Boeing 747-800. Here are my best shots :

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Spotting the Beluga

After my article about the Airbus A380, here comes my pictures of the Airbus A300-600 Super Transporter, also known as the Beluga !

This aircraft was created by Airbus in order to move its pieces to the final assembly chain in Toulouse. Today there are 5 of them. Airbus is know planning to create a new Beluga, which would be based on the A330.

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Funny facts about the Airbus A380

As I live in Toulouse, I have the chance to see all flight tests from Toulouse Blagnac airport. Indeed this is where Airbus final assembly chain is located. Therefore each aircraft does some flight tests from there and I have the chance to see them. Blagnac was also the place where the first magnificent Concorde took off.

By the way, if you come to Toulouse you can visit the A380 assembly chain. I did it with my school last year and it was awesome, you feel very tiny in there.
For more information, you can go on this link.

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Among the aircraft, there is the A350 (I will make an article for this one later) but also the A320neo and the A380 on which I am going to talk this time.

The Airbus A380 is the biggest airliner aircraft on earth. It first flight was in 2005 in Toulouse of course, unfortunately I wasn’t there yet to see it !

There are some specificities with this aircraft that I find intriguing, so I’ll share them with my own pictures.

Unlike the others Airbus aircraft, most of the pieces are not transported with the Beluga A300-600 Supers Transporter ( a beautiful aircraft that I will also talk about don’t worry !). Instead the pieces or carried by boat and then by truck. During the last step they are moving by night and it takes few days. Once I saw where they stopped, here is a picture, it’s a bit blurry sorry :

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An other thing is quite interesting in the assembly process. Other Airbus aircraft are fully painted in a hangar in Toulouse. But the A380 is too big to be painted there. So it goes to Hambourg. The rear part also comes from Hambourg and therefore is the only painted part during the first flights. Here is an example with an A380 for British Airways :

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