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What Are These 747 Cargo Types?  
User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1887 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2624 times:

I've seen this designation "747-47UF/SCD" many times as with Polar Air and EVA Air and things like that. What does this designation mean or stand for?!


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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2582 times:

747-4...type
7U...customer code
F...freighter
SCD...side cargo door


User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1887 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2574 times:

Ohhh!! Side Cargo Door! Thanks! I have looked in books and on the net and I couldn't find anything! Thanks for your help!


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User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10365 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2373 times:

...with the exception of a handful of early freighters (the very first 747F, D-ABYE, for LH, the IIAF full-freighters, one JAL-aircraft, built in the 70s) all 747Fs are SCD, so this designation is somewhat redundant.

User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2339 times:

... about 747 cargo types and their designations... Flyf15 is correct, and yes, along with Na, I agree that the SCD designation is somewhat redundant...
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Obviously 747F are the only "real" cargo airplanes, build as cargo planes... they all have the nose cargo door. Should be mentioned that the 747C - a dozen of these convertible planes were produced, all had nose cargo door and SCD (except the 3 World Airways 747-273C did not have the SCD) ...
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By numbers probably are the "SF" airplanes, since a large number of 100 and 200 passenger or combi planes were converted to full cargo configuration... the "SF" designation is according to Boeing "special freighter", and none have the nose cargo door, all are SCD (only) airplanes...
xxx
Not having a nose cargo door is not that much of a loss, I flew one year with Cargolux - all planes had the nose cargo doors, but we hardly ever used that door... Remember, the clearance under the upper deck requires pallets to be some 2 feet (60 cm) lower to be loaded on the plane, so the SCD is a "better" door permitting higher pallets to be loaded...
xxx
Happy contrails  Smile
(s) Skipper


User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6260 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2295 times:

B747skipper
You are correct that the SCD is what makes the 747F useful. What makes it unique is that it is the only civilian aircraft that can take 40 or 50 feet long items economically. The An-124 does a fine job for very large diameter long loads but is not really suited for semi-normal items.

[Edited 2003-02-19 06:10:56]


Is grammar no longer taught is schools? Saying "me and her" or some such implies illiteracy.
User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2319 times:

IMissPiedmont -
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The first plane that landed in Kuwait in 1991, was a G-2 with Red Adair as passenger, followed by a 747-273C, both airplanes from Evergreen... Red Adair was in charge to extinguish the fires on the oil fields...
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Red Adair had some 20 or 30 pipes, or metal tubes, some near 100 feet long, on board of that 747... the only way is... open the nose cargo door for such items...
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Before the 747F... the only versatile cargo aircraft designed outside of the USSR was the Canadair CL44 (swing tail)...
xxx
Happy contrails  Smile
(s) Skipper


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