AerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1640 times:
I think they put a tail engine with the 747 front end to train the firefighters with tail-engine fire situations. No sense in building two mock-ups when they could just use the one hybrid! Very clumsy looking, but it gets the job done.
A388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined exactly 12 years ago today! , 9069 posts, RR: 13 Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1376 times:
That "aircraft" is not a real aircraft, not even the fuselage is real. It was made for fire combat training at Schiphol. The fire department uses it to train for emergency situations. So, it's not an aircraft, just something they built to resemble an aircraft.
QatarAirways From Qatar, joined Sep 2008, 0 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1369 times:
A long time ago in DOH (Doha, Qatar) they used a yellow school bus with a tail, small wings and two engines fitted on the back of the bus. It looks so funny . It still there, if you drive past the airport fence you could still see it.
Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 55 Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1210 times:
The a/c (??) was also featured on 'Tomorrows World' On BBC1 when it first went into service. It's the most advanced fire training system in the world (or was when it was first built). It also has a mock cabin interior (seats are metal to stop them melting) so the fire crews have a more realistic scenario when entering the a/c to find survivors/bodys, and also a staircase to the u/deck.
As other people have said, it is not made of any real a/c parts, but was built to represent the most common commercial widebody a/c fuselage/engine configurations, so it's a bit of everything.
The fire's are controlled from a small room/bunker nearby and also by remote control so the training officers can make any combination of possible a/c fire at the press of a button. Fire's are produced by a network of gas pipes running thru the structure.
Sometimes at LHR you might see the fire engines charging over to that direction (usually at quiet times of day) for a spot of regular training.
Also for those of you LHR regulars, did you know they had to dismantle it and repositon it, so that the VS hanger could be built ???.
"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
Fanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1894 posts, RR: 3 Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1112 times:
This may sound strange (but, then again, so do many things these days), but Boeing actually proposed a trijet derivative of the venerable Jumbo - one engine under each wing and a low-profile oval duct in a shortened tail. It was, in my opinion, one of the ugliest designs - no match for the DC-10 or L-1011.
Check out the model at http://www.aviationpics.de/test/test.htm.
The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery