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    Wow! That’s a plane and a half! I like the humour and it does look like a whale!

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    Amazing- what a great photo and so funny looking

    It almost looks unreal, like something a child would draw!

    Thanks

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    Never been to keen on 2 engines, crossing to the states, rather have 3.

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    Pigs don’t fly, but evidently whales do. :whistle:

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    I’m sure we saw it in St Naizaire a few weeks ago flying around it’s huge!! I have been told its to take all the bits of the airbus’s to UK to be built??

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    Very droll   ;-)

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    I have just looked it up on the internet and it used to transport parts of airbus to other parts of Europe to be finnally assembled in Tolouse  :yes:

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    About 8 years ago I did the odd job for a local transport company. One was taking the undercarriage for the Airbus, which was made near Gloucester, to either Hamburg or Toulouse. The run for Toulouse involved picking the undercarriage up from Gloucester on Friday afternoon and then driving down to Poole to catch the overnight freight ferry to Cherbourg. Saturday meant driving down through Renne and Nante and on to Bordeaux by the evening. Lorry traffic is not allowed on French roads on a Sunday so this meant a leisurely day in the city which was always enjoyable. Monday morning was an early start to arrive in Toulouse at the start of the working day for the undercarriage to be unloaded. The company always tried to arrange a return load which could be wine from Carcassonne, or wood from Clermont Ferrand. It was then back to the evening ferry from Cherbourg on Thursday night and home on Friday.

    On one of my earlier trips to Hamburg I missed the turning from the motorway. The turning for the airport was the last turning before the Elbe tunnel so I thought it would be easy to go under  the Elbe, around the roundabout on the other side and then back under to the correct turn off.  It was about 8.30 on a Monday morning and all three lanes approaching the tunnel were clogged with traffic. As the tunnel opening came into sight, large red crosses appeared over each lane and all traffic came to a halt. Everyone sat there wondering what on earth was going on.  Eventually, the bee-baa of a police car siren could be heard approaching along the hard shoulder. He stopped at the back of my long trailer, jumped out with a long piece of wood in his hands and proceeded to measure the height of the rear of the trailer. He tried several times, then his friend got out of the car and they both tried. They scratched their heads and then walked up to my cab door and asked if they could get in. The roof of the trailer was plastic as the undercarriage was to big to be taken from the side. The roof would be wound back and the undercarriage could then be lifted out by crane. They thought that the plastic roof had lifted because of the airflow as I was driving along and had broken a height laser check on the side of the road to stop vehicles over a certain height from entering the tunnel. Bear in mind it was now about 8.45 on a busy Monday morning and still no traffic was moving but now everyone knew who the culprit was!!! The police let some of the traffic go and then turned me around and escorted me back on the wrong side of the motorway to my correct exit. I was fined 60 euro’s. Happy days!!

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    Heavens Michael

    What an adventure

    While I was reading it I was trying not to laugh as it could have been a comedy but I ended up getting dizzy imagining you negotiating the roads

    Thanks for that!!!

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