Metroliner From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 1065 posts, RR: 1 Posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3183 times:
Just noticed that the Saha Air 707s seem to have very irregular windows on the port side. Is there any reason for this? Specifically, the 'double' window just over the registration and the 'bunches' under the titles (which could be, like on some 737s, for aircon/electrics, I suppose).
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23178 posts, RR: 23 Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3175 times:
The slight window spacing differences under the titles are at the edges of the main-deck cargo door (it's a 707-320C convertible passenger/freighter). Look at any other photos of 707-320Cs and you'll see the same thing.
All other windows look normal except for that strange "double" window near the rear. I have never seen anything like that before on a 707. It also appears in other A.net photos of the same aircraft.
LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10 Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3021 times:
Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 3): any Idea why the wider visability was needed?
...and how they fit it in between the fuselage frames?
From looking at the database:
- the other two Saha Air 707-320s also have this double window
- at least one of them has the double window on the other side of the fuselage as well
- not all IIAF 707s had them installed, only the last few aircraft
Irish251 From Ireland, joined Nov 2004, 950 posts, RR: 4 Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2883 times:
All of which goes to prove, I think, that the aircraft (serial 1002) depicted in these photos is a 707-3J9C and not a -370C, as it has been recorded in this site's database and elsewhere for many years:
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23178 posts, RR: 23 Reply 9, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2791 times:
Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 8): Quoting 411A (Reply 6):
The larger windows were for observers for the hose/drouge refueling system installed on each wing tip.
Can you elaborate on this pls.?
It was originally equipped with both a tail-mounted refuelling boom (you can see the remnants of that in the first photo) as well as wingtip-mounted hose-and-drogue refuelling pods. The larger windows were presumably to make it easier to monitor the latter operation.
Another aircraft of the same model with the original refuelling equipment, and the large window.
Metroliner From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 1065 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2787 times:
Wow, thanks to all for clearing that one up!
What an amazing modification; indeed, shame we don't see more of them! I've started to notice how tiny modern a/c windows are after a flight on a Tu134, so flying that Saha 707 would be something of a dream come true!