Jo’burg’s finest send off Air France’s A380

It’s not the greatest photo ever taken* but this tail-camera shot does offer an unusual perspective of the A380, this one being Air France’s F-HPJB taxiing through the mist of a firefighters’ water arch for its first departure from Johannesburg on 18 February.



Flight AF995 for Paris Charles de Gaulle weighed in at 490t, including 137t of fuel, with three pilots and 23 cabin crew, and took off on runway 03L. Not that I was making notes, you understand.



*It’s possible that it’s not even the greatest Air France A380 tail-camera photo ever taken, because I’m reliably informed that during the delivery of F-HPJA all the passengers were treated to the sight of a magnified fly walking across the lens.

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