Lehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 20 Posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1500 times:
Silly question really, with regards to the default PanAm 747 pix 'paneldel1-1. GIF’ at the top of the page, do you think that by the time the A380 enters service; it should be replaced by an A380's bug-eyed forward view or just leave it alone?
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Boeingnut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1462 times:
Agree with CMK10, its a NWA 744.
And no. The 747 was revolutionary, it forever changed air travel. The a380, which will be a great plane (yes, I do think this despite my user name), is just evolutionary. There is not much (well, there is the laser welding, which will be new to aviation, but is nothing new to industry) that is new on this bird. It is just existing technology writ large.
But it will still be cool to see the big a380 roll off the runways when it enters service, though
ChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4294 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1404 times:
Didn't NW change to their newer paint scheme BEFORE they got their 747-400s? This looks like the 1970s-early-1980s scheme and the 744s came afterwards. Evicently I'm wrong based on the winglets that define this as a 747-400, but I could have sworn the type entered service with NW in the newer schemes not what they have now, but newer than what's shown here).
CPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6280 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1406 times:
Despite thinking that the A380 will mark yet another great step in aviation, I still think that the 747 on top should stay there. It was, after all, the first major step. Either that, or Concorde! I mean, it was designed just when people were starting to fly across the Atlantic non-stop - quite a vision to have, eh?
As for the B747 being more revolutionary than the A380, well I'm not sure about that. The B747 was Boeing extending the family, like Lockheed did with the TriStar and McDonell Douglas did with the DC-10.
If you want revolutionary (jets) then your only real choices are the DH Comet, the Boeing 707 and the Douglas DC-8. The Comet was first, and the 707 and DC-8 were commercially successful at introducing the modern concept of air travel. The 747 just took it to a larger market...