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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6451 posts, RR: 38
Posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 8081 times:

Hi everyone,

I was looking in the paper today NZ Herald and this appeared to me: Team New Zealand, a yachting team competing for the America's Cup in Valencia next year will be getting an An-124 to fly their boats there. They used a Belfast transporter last time, just being able to fit the boat into the fuselage (obviously not going for that one again). My question: Is the opening of a 747F nose big enough to fit planes in, and why the An-124 is used in favour over the 747 if it can? Would there be some problem about getting the boat on board due to the height of the deck where the cargo lies and lack of(?) a hydraulic nose wheel? Team New Zealand is sponsored by Emirates and to me, using their sponsor's equipment would better.. I haven't been able to find a pic on A.Net yet of the opening..

Anyway any reply would be apprieciated!


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User currently offline747Loadmaster From Germany, joined Oct 2004, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8076 times:

Max height nose door 240 cm/max height side door is 300 cm but depends on how long

User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6451 posts, RR: 38
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 5 hours ago) and read 7937 times:

Great, thanks.

Any idea of the width? Are they only made for carrying pallets?

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User currently offlineBrendows From Norway, joined Apr 2006, 1020 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 4 hours ago) and read 7927 times:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 2):
Any idea of the width?

The width of the nose door is 3,56metres.

User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17110 posts, RR: 66
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7764 times:

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
why the An-124 is used in favour over the 747 if it can?

An-124 advantages:
- Lower loading height with low fuse and kneeling nose gear.
- Crane inside?
- Cheaper?

"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2457 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 7703 times:

From the Boeing website:


This document will definitely answer all your questions. It is a 46 page document produced by Boeing that covers the dimensions for just the 747-400.

Here is a link to the entire document:

Boeing Flown: 701,702,703;717;720;721,722;731,732,733,734,735,737,738,739;741,742,743,744,747SP;752,753;762,763;772,773.
User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6451 posts, RR: 38
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 7649 times:

Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 4):

Quoting CitationJet (Reply 5):
46 page document

Lol, thanks! I'll have a look into this one.

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