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Stripping Down A 747 - BBC2 20.00 Sunday 15th July  
User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13229 posts, RR: 77
Posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 9447 times:

Billed as an in depth look at a D Check on a BA 747-436, at the airlines Cardiff Maintenance Base, this one hour program is on next Sunday and on i-player afterwards - for at least a week.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01l1w71

Obviously this is not viewable for Air Net members outside of the UK.
But make a note of it, might appear 'elsewhere on line'.

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27124 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 9408 times:

Thanks for the heads up , looks great and will be good in HD too . BBC still has some good quality programming unlike some of the rubbish we get from state TV over here . Shame iPlayer is not available outside the UK. I wouldnt mind paying an annual fee for that.

User currently offlineTristarsteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 4025 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 9207 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
I wouldnt mind paying an annual fee for that.

You can pay for a virtual UK IP address, then the BBC thinks you are in the UK and you get i player free.
My daughter does it in Sweden to watch the F1 races live. (they are not on Swedish TV)


User currently onlinejetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7414 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 8999 times:
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They did this before on the BBC years ago, I think it was 1989, and it was a BA 741 that was profiled, along with Concorde as well. And it had touched on the long-term prospects at the time for the first generation 747s and it noted that new 747s(the 744) were about to enter the fleet.


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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1342 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 8036 times:

Thanks for the heads up - probably would of missed that otherwise!


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User currently offlinepar13del From Bahamas, joined Dec 2005, 7382 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 7918 times:

Regular BBC has the demolition of a 747, I admit when I saw the heading I expected more than just the demolition which we have seen hundreds of times, I expected something going through the process or re-using the "stuff" versus just being told it would become a drink can.
Guess I expected too much from such a short piece  http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-18833070


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13229 posts, RR: 77
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 7551 times:

Quoting par13del (Reply 5):
Regular BBC has the demolition of a 747

The program is billed to cover both sides, a big check on an operational aircraft as well as what happens at the end of the 747's life. Your right though, that link is just a small excerpt from a hour long broadcast. That's hour as in no adverts!

Rdgs
Graham


User currently onlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12523 posts, RR: 35
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7383 times:

Just started watching it; looks very good indeed. It's something that's likely to be repeated regularly, so you'll get to see it fairly often. Still, it's likely to be very educational and informative!

User currently offlineCabincrewifly From Ireland, joined Jul 2011, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 7254 times:

Great show, couldn't help feeling a little teary eyed when the 747 was being ripped apart!!


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User currently offlineG-CIVP From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1331 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 7183 times:

One minor mistake in the voice over - 'First time BA have allowed filming of a D check'. From memory, it has been filmed before, albeit on a BA B747-236 series. Probably first time on a 436. Yes, an anorak speaks!

User currently onlinebennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7700 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 7127 times:

This is about the ex Air France B747-400 at Kemble.

I noted that there were 2 B747-400 at several points, so it was F-GITA/B/C


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13229 posts, RR: 77
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6721 times:

Quoting G-CIVP (Reply 9):
'First time BA have allowed filming of a D check'. From memory, it has been filmed before, albeit on a BA B747-236 series. Probably first time on a 436. Yes, an anorak speaks!

Is that the 'Tale of Two Jumbos' filmed in the very early 80's that was made internally by BA?
(And has turned up on You-Tube?)

If so, you could argue that the TV people have never seen it. I did not until recently and I started working there a few years after it was made.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKuX1dpcdKE

[Edited 2012-07-15 21:23:49]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub4a-iKUZjM&feature=relmfu


[Edited 2012-07-15 21:24:33]

User currently onlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12523 posts, RR: 35
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6690 times:

Quoting bennett123 (Reply 10):
This is about the ex Air France B747-400 at Kemble.

I noted that there were 2 B747-400 at several points, so it was F-GITA/B/C

I thought it was a -400 initially, but then the cockpit was definitely from a Classic; I thought it might have been one of the Air India -300 Combis.


User currently offlinenema From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 717 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6557 times:

I found the program very interesting.

I would just have liked to know more about their thoughts on where they found the crack in floor at the front of first class and, where they found a small section of skin detached from its fixings on the wing.
They made a point of showing these finds but really didn't give much explanation about the possible cause or if these are typical type failures or, what the possible consequences could be if left alone un-spotted, ie; were they insignificant.
If this is a six year check, those failures may have been there 2 or 3 years yet maybe not an issue in an industry sense knowing the 6 year check will find them....just a few unanswered questions that us non industry folk would find interesting, but a great program regardless.



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User currently offlinegkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24947 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6537 times:

It was a very interesting watch, the people who work there are very enthusiastic in their job, and you could see the pride when the 744 left CWL heading back to LHR


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User currently offlinegoosebayguy From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2009, 406 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6484 times:

Have to say if all they found was that small crack and some delineation after 6 years then this plane will be flying forever!

User currently offlinescouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3397 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6481 times:

Anyone know if it's on again, was out and forgot to set the Sky+

User currently offlinesturmovik From India, joined May 2007, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6396 times:

Am I the only one who misread the title as 'Stripping down IN a 747..' ?   

Will scour the net to see if I can find some.. alternate locations for this content. Thanks for the heads up!



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User currently offlineG-CIVP From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1331 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6236 times:

GDB - Probably. The films on YouTube look like edited down highlights although the original films were longer.

The other observation is the use of safety glasses in the Hanger. Seems like H&S overkill to me but I imagine there has been an accident or an incident so the use has become mandatory.


User currently offlinejumpjets From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2012, 849 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6095 times:

Quoting scouseflyer (Reply 16):
Anyone know if it's on again, was out and forgot to set the Sky+

If you are in the UK you can watch it on i player - just search for engineering giants.


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1342 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6078 times:

Quoting G-CIVP (Reply 18):
The other observation is the use of safety glasses in the Hanger. Seems like H&S overkill to me but I imagine there has been an accident or an incident so the use has become mandatory.

If its anything like the workshops I've worked in, its more than likely a case of 'we've got special visitors, so we have to do everything properly and by the book'. Chances are its not an everyday thing, its just because they're on the tv.



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User currently offlinescouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3397 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6058 times:

Quoting jumpjets (Reply 19):
Quoting scouseflyer (Reply 16):
Anyone know if it's on again, was out and forgot to set the Sky+

If you are in the UK you can watch it on i player - just search for engineering giants.

Off course - sorry brain fade!


User currently offlineAirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2014 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5870 times:

An interesting programme, good advert for BA Maintenance Services too! Was the work on the RB211 done in house or by the engine maintenance facility now owned by GE?


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User currently offlinegarpd From UK - Scotland, joined Aug 2005, 2686 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5752 times:

Fine documentary indeed!
My only beef is with the presenter's hair. He looks like a student. I detest that neuveau style crap.



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User currently offlineacelanzarote From Spain, joined Nov 2005, 845 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5729 times:

The one next week is about Oil rigs I believe


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25 sky0000547 : It is repeated on BBC HD tonight at 10.30pm or Thursday BBC2 at 11.20pm. Otherwise as said above try BBC iPlayer.
26 1stfl94 : Excellent programme, hopefully might remind some of the general public just what goes into flying next time they complain about their trip! That's not
27 btblue : Great - just watched it. Brilliant programme, fantadstic to see the professionalism and dedication of the engineering teams. The classic cockpit - was
28 RTFM : Nope - standard wear - been there as a visitor and we had to wear them and all the workers in the bays were wearing them then.
29 GDB : That's a common view, clearly they are required in a workshop/where any abrasive work is underway. Though there is the issue of eye protection from a
30 CaptainKramer : Just finished watching it. Excellent programme. One thing I was surprised to learn was how an emergency inflatable slide worked. I didn't realise that
31 Tristarsteve : To paint a B747 takes over a week. During this time only the painters are in the hangar. Which would mean that the other 200 engineers would have not
32 XXXX10 : Does anyone know if they aircraft would have needed an air-test after this D-Check? There was no mention of it.
33 gdg9 : Hope this shows up on BBC America.
34 CaptainKramer : They performed an engine run up ground test, running up each engine individually. Then as far as I could tell from the programme the aircraft was deli
35 boeingkid : Great Special I saw it. It goes to show the hard work that the MX people put into every check
36 bennett123 : iirc, the airline was LH, but I do not remember any more about that incident.
37 booforty : This was a brilliant programme - found it absolutely fascinating!
38 Tristarsteve : Not normally. The B737 gets regular test flights because of its manual ailerons and elevators. If they have been touched during maintenance then a te
39 Arsenal@LHR : What an absorbing/interesting programme, just my type of TV! It's not often you see a 747 stripped down to the bare bones. What we saw were the men an
40 n92r03 : Does anyone know if/when this program will be showing in the states?
41 garpd : Moderators, please delete this. Posted in error[Edited 2012-07-17 14:07:02]
42 caetravlr : That was truly awesome in my opinion. Aviation porn at its finest. We all know that these aircraft are incredibly complex, but my goodness you don't r
43 Post contains images RobK : The cockpit of the scrapped aircraft was Air India B743 VT-EPX for those that have been wondering. You can see the last 2 letters "PX" of the reg on t
44 GDB : Do you get BBC America? Not that it's at all certain it would air on that channel. Possibly could be sold to Quest or National Geographic, or similar
45 n92r03 : No, only BBC "World". Hoping it airs on National Geographic or better yet, Smithsonian Channel.
46 Post contains images RobK : I have the programme stored locally in .wmv format. If you guys outside the UK can hook me up with somewhere to upload it to I'll do it for you so can
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