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SCD Welded Shut When 747 Converted To Full Pax?  
User currently offlineJunior1970 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 156 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2620 times:

I don't know if this is the right forum for this question. I apologize if it isn't.

On the picture, on the back of the plane you can clearly see the SCD still in place, but the plane has been permanently converted to a full pax plane.
Is the SCD being welded shut or just closed and locked like it's always been when still in combi config ?


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Thanks for your input.

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User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8082 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2611 times:

I would think they would just lock it. Modifying the aircraft permanently would be expensive and probably lower it's value at the same time - combis are relatively unusual and can be quite desirable. MEA leased out it's three 747-200 Combis (and it's own ops became 707-only) during the Lebanese civil war and paid it's entire wage bill with the income.


fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineHercTech From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2495 times:

that and you cannot weld the particular aluminum alloy that the door and skin of the aircraft would be made of.

User currently offlineJunior1970 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2479 times:

Thanks guys. I appreciate your quick responses.

User currently offlineIMatAMS From Netherlands, joined Feb 2005, 317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2382 times:

There's no point welding it shut. 742 convertibles also fly with a locked cargo door when they're in pax-mode, so why go through the trouble welding it if it can be just locked?

IM


User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1932 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2123 times:

Usually, deactivated doors are bolted to the fuselage structure with brackets. They are easily reopened and reactivated by removing the brackets.


This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
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