Politics, Weather, Photography, and the Dog
Sunday 20 May 2012

I've never seen this before. Here's the French presidential airplane, parked on the south apron at O'Hare yesterday:

Parked nearby were Azerbaijan's, Italy's, and (I think) Russia's, but I couldn't get good photos with my tiny backup camera.

Let me be an aviation nerd for a second. This is an Airbus 320, without any obvious modifications. So how did it get an all the way here from Paris? I assume it stopped at Andrews AFB in Maryland to drop President Hollande off. But even Paris to Andrews seems like a long flight for that plane. The A320 has a maximum range of 6,150 km. Paris to Andrews is 6,183 km—possible, but risky, as it wouldn't leave any margin for error even after flying as efficiently as possible. Not to mention, flying trans-Atlantic westbound goes against the prevailing winds. So did they stop for fuel somewhere? Or does the plane carry more fuel than the bog-standard air transport model?

I realize this is not the most important aspect of the NATO summit, but I am curious.

Sunday 20 May 2012 07:32:18 PDT (UTC-07:00)  |  | Aviation | Chicago | World#
Search
On this page....
Hollande America
Countdowns
The Daily Parker +3367d 02h 24m
Berlin 9d 03h 24m
Parker's 9th birthday 134d 10h 49m
My next birthday 215d 14h 54m
Categories
Aviation (353) Baseball (110) Best Bars (9) Biking (44) Chicago (938) Cubs (197) Duke (133) Geography (341) Higher Ground (5) Jokes (284) Kitchen Sink (674) London (59) Parker (196) Daily (204) Photography (145) Politics (303) US (1110) World (261) Raleigh (21) Readings (8) Religion (66) San Francisco (93) Software (209) Blogs (79) Business (235) Cloud (90) Cool links (139) Security (101) Travel (244) Weather (718) Astronomy (91) Windows Azure (61) Work (93) Writing (10)
Links
Archive
<February 2015>
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
25262728293031
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
1234567
Full archive
Blogroll
About
David Braverman and Parker
David Braverman is the Chief Technology Officer of Holden International in Chicago, and the creator of Weather Now. Parker is the most adorable dog on the planet, 80% of the time.
Legal
All content Copyright ©2015 David Braverman.
Creative Commons License
The Daily Parker by David Braverman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License, excluding photographs, which may not be republished unless otherwise noted.
Admin Login
Sign In
Blog Stats
Total Posts: 4655
This Year: 41
This Month: 0
This Week: 0
Comments: 0