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  • Unusual flight around Darwin

    Can anybody hazard a guess what this A340-300, apparently owned by Airbus, might be doing around Darwin/Kununurra?
    A340a.jpg

  • #2
    Perhaps it's the middle of the wet season with frequent thunderstorms.

    Have a look at Sydney at the moment at the chaos caused by an afternoon thunderstorm. Lots of missed approaches and diversions.

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    • #3
      Urg. Is it still under test reg assigned to the transponder in error I wonder.

      Could also be doing heat tests, like the 787s did

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Oblivian View Post
        Urg. Is it still under test reg assigned to the transponder in error I wonder.

        Could also be doing heat tests, like the 787s did

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        Yeah hot weather testing was my first thought too. But on an A340 that they no longer build? Could be testing components for a newer model I guess. Then as you suggest it may not even belong to Airbus or even be an A340 if the transponder data is dodgy.

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        • #5
          Not sure how accurate it is, but if so the reg still seems to relate to the 001 chassis which is now an engine test platform it seems.

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          They got something else in the works?
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          • #6
            It's taken off again today for another 5 hour session Darwin to Darwin and did the same thing on Wednesday. I think this article might have something to do with it:

            http://airnation.net/2013/04/02/airb...parts-program/

            Its recent flight history on FA shows that this aircraft was at Tarbes, near Toulouse in late December before proceeding to Darwin via Kuala Lumpur on 11 January.

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