Lufthansa411 From Germany, joined Jan 2008, 692 posts, RR: 1 Posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 7585 times:
Quick question that I was hoping someone could help me with. My roommate and I got into an argument about a (supposed) man who stole a 747 escape slide and was chased down by the police using the slide's GPS system. I know that this is complete BS and I wanted to get some figures to back me up.
So, does anyone know the approximate weight of a packed 747 escape slide/raft?
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TristarSteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 4311 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 7582 times:
Well, I have never moved a B747 slide, but have removed and installed many on the Tristar, which has the same sized door, so must be about the same sort.
We never carried them up the steps to the aircraft. They were too heavy, even with four people lifting it. We used a fork lift that put it in the door. Then we used two chocks on the floor and carefully moved the slide up onto the chocks, then at least three of us swivelled it upright. Then we wound the door down until it latched in place. We NEVER lifted it, it was too heavy, and unwieldy .
EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9404 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 7580 times:
Quoting Lufthansa411 (Thread starter): I got into an argument about a (supposed) man who stole a 747 escape slide and was chased down by the police using the slide's GPS system. I know that this is complete BS
It's not a BS story.. but very real, but it was a life raft...
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Not all slide/rafts have ELTs attached to them, but the B-747 slide/rafts do have them as an option. The story in Snopes does make sense because these slide/raft ELTs are automatically activated when they come into contact with water.
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