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Fuselage Panels Of A 747 - Is It Heavy?  
User currently offlinetodaReisinger From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 2826 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 11945 times:


Does anybody know if it is possible to separate the metallic "skin" of a 747 fuselage and to estimate the weight of a 5m by 2m part....?

I saw on the wall of a furniture shop in Brussels 2 years ago a fuselage panel of an airplane. It was certainly from an old Boeing (707/727), maybe 1.5m long and 40cm wide, and it looked truly light.

Thanks   !

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User currently onlinekanban From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 4332 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 11826 times:
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since the panels (with attached ribs and stringers) are shipped from vendors, to would be easy to contact one with the question.. However crown panels weigh less than belly panels which are much lighter than window panels. extrapolating from the weight of an unprocessed piece of skin is also hard because many are chem milled so there is no constant thickness.

The 757 skins are similar but a 5 x 2 meter chunk required a crane to remove from the boxes and hang. (skins were stored hanging for ease and to prevent damage.) part of the problem was size, part was preventing torquing damage, and part was weight. and they didn't have the stringers and clips attached yet.

User currently offlinetodaReisinger From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 2826 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 11270 times:

Many thanks for the information. I guess I'll have to consider slightly smaller pieces for my project....!

I bitterly miss the livery that should never have been changed (repetition...)
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