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How Far Would You Go To Fly A 747  
User currently offlineSoaringadi From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 472 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5712 times:

Since there is a chance of the 747 becoming extinct in the future..... and suppose we 747 fans don't get to fly one by then... How far would you guys go to pilot a 747 ? Would you take paycuts, or pay like $10,000 for a Lax Jfk flight or fight with someone or whatever you can think of.... Seriously what could/would you do ?

Wish y'all a very happy and prosperous New Year !!!  Smile


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User currently offlineBaw716 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2026 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5696 times:

I would go to DENFTUA and pay the $1000/hr and fly their 747-400 simulator. Due to my medical issues, I cannot get behind the controls of the real thing...the sim is as close as I can come. I am reasonably proficient, but would need more time in the type on my sim before I attempt to take up the seat in the full motion sim in Denver.

baw716



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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7073 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5626 times:

What about the proposed 747-400 Advanced?

User currently offlineIanatstn From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 577 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5600 times:

What about the proposed 747-400 Advanced?

If this new proposed aircraft makes it into production, I think it will extend the 747's life for some years to come. I can see the 744F also remaining in service for a considerable to come, some airlines have had them delivered brand new in the last few years, and I'm sure there not willing to part with them! So all in all, I feel the 747 still has many years left in her, both as a passenger and cargo aircraft...

Cheers,
Ian.



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User currently offlineN754PR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5556 times:

I've flown on more than enough 747's!!

User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5546 times:

In 2000, I was SO desperate to fly a 747, I booked a ticket from OKC-HKG via ORD on the way and LAX on the way back. Enjoyed every minute of it, even without PTV's on UA. What a wonderful awesome looking plane.

UAL747


User currently offlineNumberTwelve From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 1431 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5531 times:

35 km - no more km!
I live 35 km away from FRA and this is my "home base". It depends on the price of the ticket, so I choose the airline. And the plane the airline is flying, I fly with it.
Wouldn't pay a cent extra for 747. On the other hand I would pay some money for smaller planes like 767, 330 or 340 cause of the better configuration. But the 3-4-3 in eco sucks.



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User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5513 times:

For me, I prefer the biggest and widest plane I can get, or the 777 over the A340. Though, if it was between flying first class/business class on a smaller plane than flying economy on a larger plane, I'd have to take the smaller plane. But, there's nothing like pulling up to the gate when your plane is the largest. It's like pulling up to Sonic in sweet car and having everyone look at you. (If you're a redneck).

UAL747


User currently offlineNumberTwelve From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 1431 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5503 times:

@Ual747: It's not only the size that matters  Wink/being sarcastic

As long as I am outside the plane, I can see it. As soon as I entered it, things change. Seat configuration is more important than the optical point. When I flew the QF wunala dreaming - it was great to see the colour scheme. As soon as I was in the plane, it was just another 747.



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User currently offlineAviation From Australia, joined Dec 2004, 1143 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5476 times:

Hi,

Never been on a 74 but would love to hopefully going to US this
year (Happy New Year!) and I just can't wait for my first flight on
the mighty beast! I thought the 767-300 was great would love to
fly more but don't have the funds...  Crying

Never even been on a (true) widebody but I have been in more than
enough SAAB 340's, Pipers & Cessna's.

Just love huge jetliners the sexyist thing (apart from the obvisious...)

Happy New Year,
Aaron J Nicoli



Signed, Aaron Nicoli - Trans World Airlines Collector
User currently offlineSoaringadi From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 472 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5444 times:

***"So all in all, I feel the 747 still has many years left in her"***
I'm not saying that it will become extinct and neither do I want it to.

***"I've flown on more than enough 747's"***

How far would you go to "fly" a 747..... not "fly on" a 747.

 Smile



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User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2336 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5424 times:

Actually i have NEVER flown on a 747 ever in my life. I know it is amazing considering how long they have been around and how many there are out there. The closest I have ever come was from ORD-FRA. I while ago it was supposed to be a 744 but they changed the equipment to a 772 at the last minute. It sucked extremly and i am looking forward to flying in an Air China 744 next Christmas FRA-PEK unless they switch it with a 777 again.


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User currently offlineAirbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 7874 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5408 times:

I must be lucky considering I have probably flown the 747 more than any other aircraft. That is because I fly more trans-atlantic flights than anything else and the 747 is still very predominant although slowly disapearing. Come to think of it, I didn't fly a 747 this year. Just an A340. Bummer.

User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16908 posts, RR: 67
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5401 times:

I would rather fly a 777 than a 747, at least a 777 with 2-5-2 seating. Sitting at the window I'm not as much of a prisoner. Having crossed the pond many times I must say 777 (with 2-5-2), 767 and 330/340 are all superior to the 747 because of the seating.


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User currently offlineLorM From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 409 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5315 times:

Paid less than $300 to fly the full motion 747-400 sim at the UA Denver Training Center last September, and I have been known to wait several hours for a 747 on a LAX or SFO-ORD run! Most always get F or C class. Wish I bought more hours in the sim.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


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User currently offlineSkytrain From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 297 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 5255 times:

Well I guess I should count myself lucky then, having flown is several classics (747-100s) as well as a number the trusty 747-400s. I'm actually scheduled on a BA 747-400 from YYZ-LHR in March. The return leg is a 777-200 though.

Anyways, for those of you who haven't been lucky enough to get on the 'Queen of the Skies' yet, I wouldn't worry, I'd say they've still got plenty of life in them yet! Big grin

Cheers - Skytrain.



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User currently offlineAirbus3801 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1089 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5241 times:

I would go 28 miles to Phoenix Sky Harbor, BA from PHX to LHRBig grin

User currently offlineBa319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8430 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5240 times:
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If flying 'Y', i'd pay extra to fly a 767 or 330/340,much prefer the layout on those over a 747.


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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7073 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5219 times:

Guys, I think the original question was about piloting a 747, not PAXing in one.  Smile

User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8416 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5209 times:
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In November 2003 I had 3 hours in a full motion 747 classic simulator at JNB, did a couple of take offs and landings at JNB and CPT and also got to try my hand as an engineer while someone else flew....

We also did an auto landing in the sim, that was quite an experience sitting in the right seat!

Unfortunately a couple of weeks after that the sim was dismantled and moved out to make room for the 319 sim.....the 744 is still there though, need to make a plan!





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User currently offlineJumboJim747 From Australia, joined Oct 2004, 2464 posts, RR: 45
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5220 times:
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I think the chances of pilots getting behind the controls of these operators aircraft are very high by the number in the fleet they have nothing to worry about.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v337/alan747/747ssjpg.jpg


[Edited 2005-01-01 11:31:46]


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