Prebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6955 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2872 times:
The 747-400 has come very much to the limit of what the 747 wing can handle. An increased capacity 747 will require a new wing, revised landing gear and all such things - like the 747X proposal which was shelved about a year ago.
The 747X would have been an almost entirely new plane where little more than the 747 fuselage cross section would be reused. (Please do not confuse with the 747-400X which now has been renamed 747-400LR).
Have a look at the A380 wing. It has a 50 feet greater span. It is an entirely different sort of animal, and it has some growth potential for future stretched A380s. Just in case it should be viable to market such a thing in 2020 or 2030 or such.
Regards, Preben Norholm
Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs
TransSwede From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1001 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2825 times:
There is also a center-of-mass issue. If the upper deck is extended behind the wing, the plane will become more rear-heavy, forcing them to either A) stretch the fuselage in front of the wing or B) move the wing back a bit,