This more recent picture from 2004 confirms the three windows on the other side.
So what did they do to this plane? Did they install the ten windows on just one side or on both, and why did they plug them? Or did they rebuild it in the original skin configuration? I can't seem to see any plugs in the large version of the photo above.
Skymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5327 times:
They painted the extra windows on the side to make it appear like it had extra upper deck windows. Check the top photo. The real windows are covered over (like the lower deck windows) whereas the black paint is left as it is. From some angles, if you look closely at #1 in BFI today, you can still just about make out where the extra "windows" were painted on.
Falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5673 posts, RR: 29 Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5061 times:
Quoting Skymonster (Reply 1): They painted the extra windows on the side to make it appear like it had extra upper deck windows.
Why would they paint on windows? That seems kind of silly to go through the hastle of painting. It reminds me of people who stick dual exhuast on their car, but really on have a single or have hood scoops going to nothing.
EGNR From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 503 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4989 times:
Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 4): Quoting Falstaff (Reply 3):
Why would they paint on windows?
I suspect as a marketing technique.
It may have been to highlight the option for 10 windows...
In a similar vein, A340-600 F-WWCA (owned by Airbus) has a painted on overwing exit. This aircraft was constructed without the exit, and can therefore not go into passenger service. But when Airbus revised their house livery, they painted on the overwing exit to make it look like all other A346s.
VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 6626 posts, RR: 17 Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4677 times:
Nevertheless all initial production of the 741 and 742 had three-window upper cabins that were fitted out with a first class bar on the upper deck as standard.
From around line number 95 Boeing offered the alternative of a ten-window upper deck fitted out to the customer's specification. I believe the first two Sabena aircraft (OO-SGA/B) were the first so delivered.
The option of 3- or 10- window upper deck aircraft was offered until around line number 240 by which time I think about 160 aircraft with the 3-window upper deck had been produced.
By then many airlines were converting their 3-window versiuons to the 10-window version. These included BA who inherited around a dozen 3-window versions from BOAC and converted them all in the late 70s and very early 80s. So all of the windows in these photos are real, not painted:
CitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2235 posts, RR: 3 Reply 9, posted (6 years 10 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4584 times:
Raytheon's Premier business jet does the same thing today. The Premier only has three actual passenger windows per side. Anything more than 3 are not real windows, they are paint or decals. Raytheon did this because they thought that it made the plane "look better".
Note in the photos below the 3 and 5 window photos are of the same aircraft. Evidently 2 more windows were "added".
RetRes From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 4 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (6 years 10 months 23 hours ago) and read 4383 times:
TWA 800 N93119 in a picture on this site taken one month before the tragedy shows three upper deck windows on the right side. On National Geographic 'Seconds from Distater' they show the TWA flight 800 747 being reassembled and it has nine upper deck windows on the right side. Can someone explain this. I can't find any reference to this and it seems there would have been some questions.
CitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2235 posts, RR: 3 Reply 11, posted (6 years 10 months 17 hours ago) and read 4217 times:
When TWA ordered its 747-131s, most were built with the three-window upper deck. The last few, however, were built when Boeing switched to the standard ten-window upper deck. To maintain uniform appearance of their Jumbos, TWA had Boeing modify these ships to the old three-window configuration by plugging seven of the ten windows (a reversal from most airlines, such as KLM, BA, and United, which switched from three to ten). N98109, the aircraft involved in the tragic Flight 800 crash, was one of the latter: pictures of the salvaged remains show ten openings in the upper deck.
Actual windows and plugged window openings made in the structure are two different things.