For the life of me I can’t tell ya why I’m geeking out over the news that the new 555-passenger Airbus 380 is going to be making its historic inaugural landing at LAX Monday at 9:30 a.m. I’m usually not one to get all ga-ga over stuff like this, but in this case I’m actually uber-goober enough to plan on being stationed on a small knoll along Sepulveda, the better for the thing to pass a hundred feet or so directly over my head on its way to landing on Runway 24R, kinda like this DC-9 below that I snapped coming in this afternoon when I stopped by to scope the viewpoint out — only bigger. Much.
Whereas the DC-9 has a wingspan of 93 feet and a length of 133 feet, the Airbus 380 has a wingspan of 261 feet and a length of 239 feet. The phrase “big ass jet airliner” comes to mind, and just I can’t shake the urge I have to see her come to town.
UPDATE (03.17): As referenced by Mike of Franklin Avenue blog in the comments, the turnout is gonna be large and there will be street closures and designated public viewing areas to see the landing Monday. Read more in this March 16 press release here.
UPDATE (03.19): Here’s a YouTube embed of the landing from my POV on Lincoln Boulevard just west of Sepulveda: