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Old 29-10-18, 10:47 AM   #1
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Default Strange objects in the sky

I was on the A525 at the top of the hill above Coedpoeth yesterday morning, about 9am when I saw something in the sky, quite low, presumably heading to Liverpool airport. It was so weird-looking that it made me do a comedy double-take, which wasn't good at 70+mph ... I had to stop and watch it fly over:

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Old 29-10-18, 10:54 AM   #2
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It transports aircraft parts for assembly between the BAE systems sites, probably heading towards Wharton or Salmesbury

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Old 29-10-18, 10:55 AM   #3
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It lands at Hawarden airport (Airbus) near Chester. It leaves a couple of hours later full of A320 wings.

Watched No2 land this morning (there are currently 5). The XL version (yes your picture is of the small one) will be visiting in Feb 19, when it enters service.

The Beluga is basically an A330 with a larger fuselage which hinges at the front for cargo loading.
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Old 29-10-18, 11:00 AM   #4
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Ooh, thanks both, I hadn't thought about the Airbus factory near Hawarden. Wasn't what I expected to see at 9 on a Sunday morning
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It carries wings from Broughton (Hawarden) to Toulouse for integration into aircraft. You most likely saw a Beluga as they are called.

Wings for the A380 are too large to be transported this way, so go by barge down the Dee, then transferred to a ship and transported by sea. I'm not sure if the Beluga XL will be able to carry these.
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