Mls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3069 posts, RR: 9 Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2247 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.
Boeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2223 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!
N312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2678 posts, RR: 18 Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2213 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.
Bombayhog From United States of America, joined May 2001, 554 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2200 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.
ILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 5 Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2142 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).
DTW_Steve From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 93 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2133 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.
KHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1609 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2114 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.
Thud From Pakistan, joined Aug 2000, 204 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (12 years 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2034 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.
B747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 245 posts, RR: 2 Reply 22, posted (12 years 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2008 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!!!!!!!!!