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747 Flies Mach .90?  
User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7459 posts, RR: 60
Posted (14 years 6 months 18 hours ago) and read 1376 times:
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In refernce to the post "sonic cruiser update," the link mentions on article about it at:

It mentions that the 747 can cruise at mach.85 and sometimes .90. Is that true? I thought the Trijets generally were faster. 727, dc-10, Md-11?

Just wondering. THanks.

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User currently offlineThe747Man From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 6 months 18 hours ago) and read 1338 times:

Yes it's probably true. If the flight has burned some fuel, and has a light load, and cruising at a pretty high altitude, yes. I've seen pics in the database of them going M. 0.86, more than the 0.85.

User currently offlineAJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2406 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 months 18 hours ago) and read 1319 times:

The B747-400 can go up to roughly Mach 0.92. Normal cruise for a B747-2/3/400 is around M 0.85, and for an SP M0.86.

User currently offlineMr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (14 years 6 months 15 hours ago) and read 1273 times:

Boeing website stated that the B744 goes at Mach.85... but from my experienace of flights and pictures.. they are all going like Mach.859 or .860?


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User currently offlineRed Panda From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2000, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 6 months ago) and read 1219 times:

The economic cruising speed for 747-300/400/sp are higher than 747-200. The SUD enable 747 to cruise economically at .85 instead of .84 in 742.

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User currently offlineRickB From United Kingdom, joined May 2003, 243 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (14 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1181 times:

Can anyone comment on whether or not a 747 flying at Mach .90 burns more fuel per seat per mile than is projected for the SC?

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