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Whats It Like Flying The 747  
User currently offlineGF-A330 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 1644 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4143 times:

As you might be aware I am flying to Karachi in July.

The plane which I will be flying on will be the 747-300.

This is the first time I am flying the jumbo. What is it actually like ?

The landing, takeoff and the general flight itself ?

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User currently offlineHL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4042 times:

This might not help.

but.....

back in '99 i went to JFk on BA113 airplane was a 747-100/200 i wasnt sure. The takeoff is NOT vry powerful compared to the 777, the flight itself if good and the landings are awesome!

Have a nice trip!

HL  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineGF-A330 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 1644 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4030 times:

so do you mean to say that you cannot feel the sudden thrust when you are taking off ?

User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4022 times:


The one thing that I noticed about the 747s when I've flown on them (4 segments) was that when they land, they seem really smooth and it seems like they instantly lose their inertia, like it takes little effort to slow down and there is little force pulling you forward out of your seat. You can't feel the breaking action like you can on other airliners. But maybe this is the style of the pilots I had, who knows.

Enjoy your flights,

mls515


User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3998 times:

You will have a great time on the 747! If your plane is really loaded, it will be a long take off. But with a 747, any take-off is exciting, just the power will amaze you. You will feel that push from the take-off. She cruises very nicely as well! The landing is great becuase the 16 wheels on the main gear cushion the landing. You will never forget your first 747 flight!

User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2682 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3988 times:

As I have stated in other threads, I flew a BA 747-236B to LHR from DTW at Christmas '00. That thing accelerated forever, and when it lifted off, it shook. It vibrated and shook, almost violently. When we landed, I didnt feel a thing. Cruise was very pleasant, but I was in the foreward Economy cabin (33B). You could feel the airplane yawing from side to side in the rear by the lavs. Great airplane though. Like a tank, dont feel ANY turbulence.


Fly Delta's Big Jets!
User currently offlineBombayhog From United States of America, joined May 2001, 557 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3975 times:

The occasional vibration as the wheels leave the ground on takeoff can be kind of unpleasant on a 747. But that doesn't happen all the time. It's definitely a nice plane to fly in. On a side note, I think that the -400 series is miles above the -100 and the -200 (I've never flown the -300). It feels much more spacious, solid, and powerful.

User currently offlineAzeem From Pakistan, joined Jul 2000, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3955 times:

I think that depends whoch airline you flying  Smile/happy/getting dizzy.

User currently offlineCms151515 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3946 times:

The 747 is by far my favorite airplane. It's a glorious cruiser, spacious, and very, very smooth. You will undoubtably enjoy your flight.

User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3917 times:

I have flown on all 4 variants and have to say that the -200 w/ upgraded engines (lufthansa) is the funnest. the -300 is also cool. If you want a smooth nice ride then the 400 is good. The -100 is scary as hell (that's because this was Tower).

User currently offlineQantasA330 From Iraq, joined Dec 2000, 306 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3917 times:

The reason that the 747 feels so smoothe on landing is that the air under the plane acts as padding when it lands due to it's extreme mass. Many have refered to it as landing on "a pillow."

:::QantasA330:::


User currently offlineSIA_B777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3910 times:

The 747 is my favorite airplane for takeoffs!

It is nothing like those small body aircrafts. It is hard to believe such a heavy piece of machinery can fly so fast. It's blasting through the clouds thats so cool! The 747 is just a great plane.


User currently offlineDTW_Steve From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 93 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3908 times:

Depends which series you're flying on, at least in my experience. I flew on a 747 for the first time in March of '00. It was a NW -400, out of DTW, and it was great. It felt really powerful on takeoff and climbout, and was very comfortable to fly in. Conversely, my second flight was from PEK to NRT on the first leg of the return trip. This was a NW -200, and was one of the most rickety-sounding planes I have ever flown on. The interior made me feel very 1970's, and the aircraft made several loud and disconcerting noises on both takeoff and landing, and generally had that falling apart feeling to it. I was quite happy to see that a -400 was going to be taking us from NRT back to DTW.

Regards,
Steve


User currently offlineKHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1616 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3889 times:

It is one of most magnificent things that ever took to the air....... it is a marvel of human achievement. As far as flying the B747 is concerned......hmm..... i have flown many B747 of many different airlines but honestly their isnt as much different about flying a B747 then most wide bodies. Ofcourse the size from the inside is impressive ....... power on take off is phenomenal and its true that loaded flights do take alot of runway. The ceilings are high and there is a roomy feel inside. One more thing i'd like to mention is that almost all of my most turbulent flights have been on the B747...... maybe its huge surface area makes it more sensitive to it ....having said all that im happy that you are finally getting the chance to fly on the ultimate machine...... as you can tell by my user name, i have great respect for it.

User currently offlineMegatop From Denmark, joined May 1999, 348 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3872 times:

I have flown on many B747's. The B747-200, B747-300 and B747-400. The Airlines have been NW, BA, SQ, TG, GA and KL.

The fully loaded 747 is very different in take-off compared with a B737, MD-80 ect ect. The acceleration is very slow, and the takeoff run is very long.

I remember a flight from HKG (Kai Tak) to LHR on a B747-200 from BA. We "almost" reached the water before takeoff. The plane was very heavy as a rock and we could only go up to 8000 m.

Later this year I am goeing from SIN to SYD on a SQ 747-400.

So, have a nice and save first 747 flight.

Megatop





User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 379 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3865 times:

For me its always been the ultimate flying experience, no other aircraft compares, though ive only flown them four times Smile


.....up there with the best!
User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3843 times:

Its just like any other plane just bigger !!!

User currently offlineGE From Singapore, joined Mar 2000, 320 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3833 times:

I flew on the B744 quite a lot of times and what I feel is that the engines are pretty noisy compared to the B767 & B777. Just my opinion, though.  Big grin

User currently offlineGF-A330 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 1644 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3820 times:

Sorry let me confirm the acft type.

It is the 747-200 combi, not the 747-300 as stated !


User currently offlineThud From Pakistan, joined Aug 2000, 204 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3809 times:

If it is a PIA Combi than I suggest you
Please Inform Allah before departure!!!

I flew on one of these from Karachi to London once but only after a 6 hr delay as they could not shut the cargo door. They are a bit old, cramped and not upto 300 standard and the tannoy system is a joke.

Apart from that, have a good flight...




User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3804 times:

Don't listen to Hkgspotter1, all he posts are ususally immature anti-Boeing posts.

Hkgspotter1, no, the 747 is a much different flying experience than any other, not just bigger.  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineEarly Air From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 611 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3787 times:

Long takeoff run, long landing run, flight is like any plane but it feels different because of the 20' width of the cabin.

Rgds,
Early Air


User currently offlineB747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 245 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3783 times:

I agree Hkgspotter1 does seem to make alot of those anti Boeing sentiments pretty clear, while cherishing Airbus. Get real man, the 747 is what opened the world up to cheap long haul flights, and she will ALWAYS be the Queen!!!!!!!!!
Brian



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User currently offlineBoeingrulz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 479 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3754 times:
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