WestWing From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2139 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 12692 times:
I wish Boeing would paint a large unique id on the tail and the underbelly of each of the LCFs so that we spotters can easily tell them apart. It could just be 1, 2, 3 and 4. If anyone from Boeing is reading this thread, I hope you can pass the suggestion up the chain internally. For example, the Airbus Belugas have a large single-digit ordinal number on them.
The best time to plant a tree is 40 years ago. The second best time is today.
tonymctigue From Ireland, joined Feb 2006, 1983 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 12364 times:
Quoting warpspeed (Reply 3): I had the pleasure of seeing one these at PAE over the summer. Not the most elegant looking, but I'm sure the Dreamlifter gets the job done.
I had the distinct pleasure of seeong one of these birds landing at the Paine Field facility last summer while I was parking the car at the Museun of Flight car park. I've also seen one at SNN on a refuelling stop. As someone said, not the most elegent but they are impressive sizewise and I'm sure they do what they are designed to do very well. Airbus have a similar looking but not as large transport aircraft that again is not going to win and beauty pagents but still looks impressive simply because of its size.
dynamicsguy From Australia, joined Jul 2008, 919 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 12226 times:
Quoting trex8 (Reply 4): won't they need more if the 2nd production line gets going??
Shouldn't need it for the current planned rate. I think Flightblogger worked out that the flying required for airframes assembled at the 2nd line was slightly less. Above 10/month more may be needed, but that would also have been the case if all 787s were assembled at Everett.
But one is often not close enough to the aircraft to read the registration. Spotters would love an id that can be read from a distance and underneath an aircraft flying overhead. Boeing have put "747-8" on the underbelly of RC501 - so a similar size text for the LCF underbelly and tail but different for each aircraft say LCF-1, LCF-2, LCF-3, LCF-4 would be nice.
Here's what the Airbus Beluga does (note the 2 and 3). Airbus had unique numbers on their Super Guppies as well.
JBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4498 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 10141 times:
Quoting DL767captain (Reply 1): I saw one of these when i was landing in Charleston over christmas, these things are HUGE!
In downtown Charleston a few weeks ago, I saw a Dreamlifter on approach, followed by a World 744, followed by a C-5 Galaxy on approach the other day. That's in addition to the usual assortment of C-17's on training missions.
When Boeing ramps up down there, CHS is going to be one heck of a place to spot...
Quote: "The aircraft was delivered to the company's Everett, Washington facility on 9 February after a flight from Taipei, Taiwan where the former passenger-hauling 747-400 was modified by Evergreen Aviation Technologies.
The aircraft, which is registered N718BA, took off from Paine Field in Everett on 16 February as Evergreen Flight 5141 bound for McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas to retrieve a composite Section 41 forward fuselage from Spirit Aerosystems."
At last, QUADIMODO is now a "quadruplet" in reality.
jetfuel From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6955 times:
Quoting trex8 (Reply 18): they are manufactured there by a BR subsidiary
The work is being carried out in Taiwan by Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corporation which is a joint venture of Evergreen Group's affiliate EVA Air and General Electric. No doubt labour costs played a major role in this.
Once Boeing is finished with these planes they will NOT be able to be on sold as they are for Boeing's use only as they are not certified as such. The planes are 20 years old as they are so I suspect no more than another 20 years ops for them
Where's the passion gone out of the airline industry? The smell of jetfuel and the romance of taking a flight....