Everyone has a “thing” right? My thing is airplanes and I have no idea why. Maybe it’s the sheer power that they possess. Or the fact that something that big and heavy can somehow fly across the world. Whatever the case, I love watching airplanes up close and personal and would consider it one of those weird things about myself.
A few weeks ago, Chris and I were driving near Dulles airport, when over the trees, an enormous, larger than life airplane appeared above us.
“It’s the A380!” Chris exclaimed.
“No way!!!” I yelled (he hates when I yell in the car, but I did it anyway)
I didn’t know the 380 was actually a passenger jet already! I remember a few years ago my BFF calling me from LA where she worked at the time telling me that it had just flown over her for its first landing while it was still in testing. At that point, I didn’t understand the magnitude of the plane and it’s size, but have since watched a documentary (nerd!!) about it and can really “grasp” just how awesome it is. The science that went into the design is completely fascinating.
As we watched it fly above us we were silent, just staring. It was so big that it just kind of hung there, slowly climbing, foot by foot. I can’t even compare it to anything I’ve seen, it’s something you have to see for yourself to comprehend. It’s amazing.
A380 during testing before it was released as a commercial aircraft.
Ever since it suddenly appeared over us that day and I realized it was a regularly flying plane, I’ve been trying to figure out a time and place to actually go watch it at Dulles. It takes off and lands at 1pm and 5pm respectively each day, so I really want to go and be prepared to see it in all it’s glory one of these days. (Twice a day on Air France, not sure if Emirates has a 380 at Dulles yet, but if so, that doubles my viewing chances!)
There aren’t many airlines who currently have it in service, but I imagine Chris and I taking a trip on it one day, with the airplane being the highlight of the trip. Imagine – a trip to Paris, Singapore or Sydney on the worlds largest airliner. How amazing would that be? I asked Chris if he thought people flew to random destinations just to fly on the plane and he looked at me and said “Uh, yeah!!”
Current airlines with A380 in service. I'd take any of them!
I’ve been begging Chris for the last two weeks to take me to the roof of the parking deck at Dulles to see it take off, but we’ve been so busy between work and wedding planning that we haven’t had any time.
Today, I was driving home from the mall (near Dulles) but it was after 2pm so I wasn’t looking into the sky like I do if it’s closer to 1pm, but then, I heard it. We had just had a torrential downpour and nasty storm and out of the clouds, the A380 was just above me. It’s four engines were the dead give away (not to mention its football field wingspan), and it took all of me to not pull over on route 7 to jump out of my car and marvel at it.
Thanks to driving and a wet windshield, I got the worlds worst picture of the damn thing. This picture is totally anticlimactic and I don’t blame you if you think I’m a complete idiot for being infatuated by such a thing.
A380 in person!
I was about five miles from Dulles, so that’s why it’s still fairly high up, but it’s freaking enormous. Someone explain to me how that can fly!
I still plan on an afternoon on the roof of the parking deck to see it take off or land because I think it’d be pretty rad to see it up close and personal. I also realize that this entire blog makes me look like a total freakshow, but you all can suck it. I love airplanes, and I especially love the A380.