Toulouse: Blagnac airport is worth a visit!

If the weather in Toulouse is bad, no problem! Plenty of other things to do! And if you like planes, it is Paradise.

Go and visit the Airbus factory. (thx Bart.) You will not only see new planes being build (A380), but you can also see a Caravelle, Skylink, …

Or stroll around Blagnac airport. You will see planes you don’t see anywhere else. There is still a Concorde based at the airfield. And several Belugas (used by Airbus to ship plane-parts between their different Airbus sites around Europe). and of course, A380 flying from the factory to its new


And this is an airport with plenty of place to relax, without the need to go to a lounge. Seats and sofas in all shapes and sizes. Everywhere well marked power sockets and unlimited free wifi access.



Airbus A380

First time I flew in an airbus A380. I was really impressed when seeing this massive plane. I really wondered how much power is needed to get it in the air.
Plenty of space in the plane. But I wasn’t feeling all that relaxed during take-off. It continuously gave the impression the plane was underpowered. Never had that feeling in a plane before. But hey, it did climb through the clouds.
Apparently it is known that you have the impression of having a much slower speed than reality.
During the climb, you could see a very weird, visible and consistent airstream going over the wings, around the mid-section of the wing. Really strange. Like a tube of air.
The engine noise insight the plane is very low. And the landing perfectly smooth. No specific behaviour there.

Some impressions:



2 standing next to each other:


Compare to some normal planes in the background: