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Which 747 Did I See  
User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 10784 times:

I'm up in BIL visiting relatives (leaving tomorrow), and the other day, I believe it was Wednesday, I was driving down Rimrock Road, and I saw a huge plane on approach to the airport. It was green in coloration, I wasn't sure what it was. When I read the paper the next day, there was a picture of it, and a little blurb about it landing at the airport here.

pretty cool to see it.

-Copa

[Edited 2007-04-21 05:19:27]

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User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4120 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 10748 times:

Umm...there is no 747-800, nor is there a prototype.

There's a 747-8 which is still being designed though.  Wink


User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 10737 times:

Quoting FriendlySkies (Reply 1):
There's a 747-8 which is still being designed though. Wink

That's what I meant.
Haha.

-Copa


User currently offlineWestWing From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2135 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 10661 times:

You probably saw this DREAM)LIFTER which is an LCF (not a 747-8)  Smile


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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21590 posts, RR: 59
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 10661 times:

Quoting Copaair737 (Reply 2):
That's what I meant.

You saw the 747LCF, also known as "dreamlifter" and it's there to pick up parts for the 787.


There is no 747-8 anywhere but on paper, in computers, and a few scale models for the wind tunnel and marketing purposes.



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User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 10629 times:

That would explain it. I didn't think a full-scale one had been built yet. Teh newspaper around here sucks, so it figures they'd get it wrong.
But still, it was an impressive plane nonetheless.

-Copa


User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 10594 times:

Quoting Copaair737 (Reply 5):
Teh newspaper around here sucks, so it figures they'd get it wrong.
But still, it was an impressive plane nonetheless.

Yes, the LCF was here, but now you're smoking my Billings Gazette eh? How long you in town?

EDIT- Just read you are leaving tomorrow. Nevermind...next time let me know...we can go spotting during the rush hours...  Big grin

[Edited 2007-04-21 05:37:12]

User currently offlineWestWing From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2135 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 10563 times:

That is indeed what the fine folks at the Billings Gazettte thought they saw.
In case they change the photo caption, at this time it shows the LCF as an "experimental version of Boeing's 747-8".

 rotfl 



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User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 10551 times:

Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 6):
Yes, the LCF was here, but now you're smoking my Billings Gazette eh? How long you in town?

EDIT- Just read you are leaving tomorrow. Nevermind...next time let me know...we can go spotting during the rush hours... Big grin

I'll give you a PM next time I'm up this way. Quite a bit of traffic for an airport not serving that many people. SFO-BIL on UA will be interesting to see this summer too.

Do you go to MSU-B?

-Copa


User currently offlineManni From South Korea, joined Nov 2001, 4221 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 10338 times:

Hilarious!  rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 

"An experimental version of Boeing's 747-8 makes an approach to Billings Logan International Airport Wednesday. The giant aircraft is unpainted except for green corrosion proofing and has no windows. According to the Boeing Web site, It will be produced as a passenger aircraft, the Intercontinental, and as a cargo plane, the Freighter."



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User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 10297 times:

I thought it was odd. I didn't think one was built, and if it had been, I was surprised it could be cranked out that fast.
A huge gaffe on their part, though not totally unforseen, considering other gaffes on their part.

-Copa


User currently offlineDSMflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 10277 times:

I remember seeing the LCF when I was in Seattle a couple months back. Pretty cool to see in person after looking at a million pictures of it.

User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 10250 times:

OMG, that caption for the photo is so innacurate I couldn't help but leave a comment on that web page. It hurts to read newspapers sometimes and the things they print as fact.

User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 10143 times:

Quoting Copaair737 (Reply 8):
Do you go to MSU-B?

Yup. Live on campus even. Yay me.  cry 

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 12):
OMG, that caption for the photo is so innacurate I couldn't help but leave a comment on that web page. It hurts to read newspapers sometimes and the things they print as fact.

You should've tried actually flipping through the paper and seeing it....  faint 


User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21590 posts, RR: 59
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 10096 times:

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 4):
You saw the 747LCF, also known as "dreamlifter" and it's there to pick up parts for the 787.

Obviously not in BIL. I thought he was writing from Italy.  Smile



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User currently offlineFloridaflyboy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2018 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 10068 times:

Wow, I'm curious, why was the dreamlifter in Billings? I'm from there, and I know Boeing brings 747s, 767s, and 777s through on a regular basis, but I am confused as to why they'd bring in the 747LCF.


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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21590 posts, RR: 59
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 10042 times:

Quoting Floridaflyboy (Reply 15):
Wow, I'm curious, why was the dreamlifter in Billings? I'm from there, and I know Boeing brings 747s, 767s, and 777s through on a regular basis, but I am confused as to why they'd bring in the 747LCF.

It's in flight testing, so it's the same reason they bring those other widebodies through there.



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User currently offlineFloridaflyboy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2018 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 10042 times:

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 16):
It's in flight testing, so it's the same reason they bring those other widebodies through there.

Okay, cool. Thanks for the info. I'm still in Florida at school, so I unfortunately didn't get to see it.



Good goes around!
User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 9925 times:

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 16):
It's in flight testing, so it's the same reason they bring those other widebodies through there.

The only thing I can think of is that maybe they fuel aircraft here before departing to their test base north of GGW at the old airbase or back to BWI / PAE...


User currently offlineFloridaflyboy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2018 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 9919 times:

Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 18):
The only thing I can think of is that maybe they fuel aircraft here before departing to their test base north of GGW at the old airbase or back to BWI / PAE...

A lot of the time when they come through BIL, they just shoot landings and then continue on. I remember when NW was still taking deliveries of 744s, we'd see them up there all the time.



Good goes around!
User currently offlineJetJeanes From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1434 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 9602 times:

You know the plane is really ugly, but im just wondering if they could ever make a dreighter out of it or pax,,,


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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 9254 times:

The B748 is not ready.You probably seen the LCF before it was painted.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineGoodbye From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 914 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7076 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 21):
The B748 is not ready.You probably seen the LCF before it was painted.
regds
MEL

Didn't read the 20 replies before yours did you...


User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17190 posts, RR: 66
Reply 23, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6550 times:

Quoting JetJeanes (Reply 20):
You know the plane is really ugly, but im just wondering if they could ever make a dreighter out of it or pax,,,

It IS a freighter. As for a pax version, it's not really possible since the cargo area is unpressurized. Besides which, you'd hit the weight limit way before the volume limit with pax in that hull.



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User currently offlineCO738 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2289 times:

As a former resident of Montana i must warn you that contrary to the fact that some people can not tell the difference between an LCF and the designing of the 747-8 those concrete caps which are fenced off that scatter the plains of Montana are not for decoration either   and if they could find a way, they would cram as many people as they could into a LCF which i figure about 1,000

[Edited 2007-04-22 04:07:58]


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