Greaser From Bahamas, joined Jan 2004, 1092 posts, RR: 4 Posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 9822 times:
Another milestone for the venerable 747
"TAIPEI, Sept. 09, 2006 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter took to the skies for the first time at 10:38 a.m. (UTC/GMT +8 hours) today, initiating the flight test program that will culminate in U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification.
The two-hour, four-minute flight was the first of 250 expected flight test hours for the unique freighter, a specially modified 747-400 that will transport major composite structures of the all-new 787 Dreamliner.
The enormous jet -- with its enlarged upper fuselage that can accommodate three times the cargo by volume of a standard 747-400 freighter -- gracefully took off under rainy skies from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (formerly Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport). Boeing flight test pilots, Capts. Joe MacDonald and Randy Wyatt, took the airplane north, and then flew roughly 150 miles south following along the east side of the island before heading north again."
"After completing initial flight tests in Taiwan, during which the airplane's handling characteristics will be evaluated as well as ensuring the LCF is free from flutter and excessive vibration, the airplane will fly to Seattle's Boeing Field to complete the remainder of the flight test program. The ferry flight to Seattle is expected to occur mid-month. A fleet of three LCFs will ferry 787 assemblies between Nagoya, Japan; Grottaglie, Italy; Wichita, Kan. and Charleston, S.C., before flying them to the Boeing factory in Everett, Wash., for final assembly. The first two LCFs will enter service in early 2007; the third will follow later."
When did you last visit your eye doctor? There's no angle at which this airgoing pig would look good; it's almost amazing it even flies, albeit with an utter lack of grace. Still, it will be a major asset for BCA, like the Beluga is for Airbus, so I guess I shouldn't dwell on how horrendous its appearance is. It's almost shocking to remember this was once a gorgeous -400.
Calags From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 9519 times:
Quoting AvObserver (Reply 4): When did you last visit your eye doctor? There's no angle at which this airgoing pig would look good; it's almost amazing it even flies, albeit with an utter lack of grace.
I'm not worried - I'm sure it'll grow on me. When I first saw the Beluga I thought it was the ugliest thing flying too but now it holds a special appeal to me.
I'm curious if the livery they finally select for it would make any special use of the double hump.
Quoting AvObserver (Reply 4):
When did you last visit your eye doctor? There's no angle at which this airgoing pig would look good; it's almost amazing it even flies, albeit with an utter lack of grace.
Lostmoon744 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 172 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7101 times:
Quoting NRA-3B (Reply 13): Last time I checked, Taiwan hasn't been part of Japan since 1945
When the Airbus Beluga came out, people then were saying it was ugly. But, like the other poster said, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, indeed. It's not a beauty contest afterall. As long as it flies and gets the job done, go for it.
Geo772 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6133 times:
Quoting Aloha717200 (Reply 20): Quoting Baron95 (Reply 19):
My question is, Wouldn't something like the 747 LCF be the ticked for these guys?
I dont believe Boeing is offering the LCF for sale.
If any carrier asked Boeing for some of these I'm sure they would oblige. After all the design work and certification work will have been done. However I would have thought it highly unlikely that anyone would order some. It would be very expensive as well I reckon.
Flown on A300B4/600,A319/20/21,A332/3,A343,B727,B732/3/4/5/6/7/8,B741/2/4,B752/3,B762/3,B772/3,DC10,L1011-200,VC10,MD80,
: Note: I am just speculating below. As Geo772 says, Boeing would probably do it if the customer asked. However, there is the issue of no pressurized c
: IMHO Because of it's length it looks much better than the Beluga which I believe is to short and therefore seems fatter.
: If they put two or three flooring decks inside and loaded 'em with seats, its an instant Airbus A380-buster! That thing's gotta be capable of carrying
: I realize your comments are in jest. But realize that the cargo hold is unpressurized. Also, the aircraft would not be able to carry the weight of so
: Has the USA lost pride of place for "World's Worst Geography/History Education"?
: Can't wait - I'll definitely be there. camera in hand. Hopefully it'll be painted by then