Redtailmsp From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 208 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 8 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3496 times:
Aircraft 6632, a passenger 747-200 is to position out of storage at Marana to MSP in a few days. It will then position on to Tel Aviv to be converted into a freighter aircraft - this will be in about a week or so. After this aircraft is converted, aircraft 6631 will then also be converted. (6631 is currently in passenger service). These aircraft will just have side cargo doors. Don't know how long the conversion process will be, or if 6631 will go to TLV when 6632 comes back. Incidentally, in the NWA fleet numbering system 6632 is now referred to as 6732 - all the passnger 747-200s were in the 66xx series and the 747-200 freighters are in the 67xx series. This will make 12 freighters in all. I presume that when 6632....or should I say 6732, comes back from TLV, it will be in some form of new paint scheme incorporating the new tail design.
FlyGuyClt From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 537 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3370 times:
Won't this make 14 freighters?
The airline operates a fleet of more than 400 aircraft including Boeing 747s, and 757s, McDonnell-Douglas DC-9s and DC-10s and Airbus A330s, A320s and A319s. Northwest also is one of the world's largest cargo airlines, operating a dedicated fleet of 12 B747 freighters.
Tod From Denmark, joined Aug 2004, 1760 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3050 times:
only mod for the SF is the main deck floor, cargo handling system and side door
Don't forget that the air dist get completely replaced from back of the u/d all the way back. Lower lobe cargo heat must also be added to compensate for the loss of pax related e/e bay heat dumped into that area. Underdashboard style air inlets get added to the cockpit for positive pressure in a smoke event. Venturi hole popped into the right side of the upper deck for lav ventilation. U/D stairs replaced. The story goes on for pages . . . . . .
But you are quite correct, no nose door. That would cost more than the plane is worth. Especially if anyone but Boeing tried to get it certified by the FAA.