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User currently offline747forever From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1926 times:

Hey there everyone,
This has been puzzleing me for some time ever since i went spotting at LHR, then i saw this pic which proved i wasn't seeing things, here is the pic (you'll have to see the big version to see what i'm on about)


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So just what is the green thing that looks like a cross between a DC10 and a 747? Is this the BA engineers getting bored during their lunch hour or what?

Cheers,

Jeff.

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User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5153 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1854 times:

I believe it's a specialized fire/crash training "plane"


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User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1837 times:

This is Heathrow's fire-practice airliner. It has been discussed in a former Airways Magazine article, I don't remember which one though.

I agree, it looks like a DC-10/747 with the ground clearance of a BAC 1-11.

Cheers. . .DIA



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User currently offlineBA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2179 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1798 times:

Yep, absolutely spot on, Has been featured on the BBC's 'Airport' many times  Wink/being sarcastic

BA777  Big thumbs up


User currently offline747forever From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1757 times:

Thanks a lot guys, i can sleep easy now, boy that really did confuse me when i first saw it, i took one look and laughed, it is strange, isn't it

Cheers again, preciate it!!

Jeff.


User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6615 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1641 times:

We have one in Hong Kong too, but it's red.

User currently offlineDavid B. From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3148 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1638 times:

Whats it used for?


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User currently offlineCathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1632 times:

fire training?


cathay pacific, now you're really flying
User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1579 times:

In Chicago (at ORD) they have a DC-10 shaped frame. DC-10 frames seem popular for fire traning (gee, I wonder why?). Anyhow, it's fascinating to go down there when they do the drills and see the thing all boiled up in fire.


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User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6615 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1573 times:

There is a company that makes these fire training aids, and they are sold to a number of airport authorities, which is why you see the same one in use at quite a few airports around the world.

User currently offlineRwy31R From Saudi Arabia, joined Aug 2001, 454 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1565 times:

Cool!

It looks like it's covered in green grass. I dont think that would be such a good idea for "Fire training"  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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