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Who Came Up With This Three-engine Boeing 747-300?

Wed Jul 31, 2002 4:51 pm

Who came up with this three-engine Boeing 747-300?
Was it a hoax or did Boeing engineers actually toyed with
the idea?

 
flyboy36y
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RE: Who Came Up With This Three-engine Boeing 747-300?

Wed Jul 31, 2002 5:00 pm

I would think this is a hoax ONLY because:

1) The first 747's only had three or so windows on the upper deck.

2) This looks more like a 747-300 or 200. Those would have been designed after the Original 747 hit the marked and...

3) I don't think by then they would have wanted to change that much about it.

4) Also, such a configuration might make the plane a bit tail heavy, no?

5) It looks too much like (then) rival L-1011
 
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RE: Who Came Up With This Three-engine Boeing 747-300?

Wed Jul 31, 2002 6:18 pm

I think this was real. It became the 747SP (74L in shorthand), Boeing were looking for ways to compete with the DC10 and L1011. The -300 designation makes sense as well (even if it was never used until the SUD a decade later), since the -200 was available as early as 1971.
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Turbotrent
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RE: Who Came Up With This Three-engine Boeing 747-300?

Wed Jul 31, 2002 8:22 pm

Cedarjet is right. It is real and it was meant to compete with the DC10 and the L1011. But after research it seemed less expensive to just shorten the 747 instead of giving it a whole new tail with the 3th engine. Here are a few more drawings from the engineers :


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Mr. Mof
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RE: Who Came Up With This Three-engine Boeing 747-

Wed Jul 31, 2002 9:18 pm

The best of two worlds if it ever happened....the classic front of the 747 and the classic rear of the Tristar L10-11. It is always fun to wonder what if....
 
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RE: Who Came Up With This Three-engine Boeing 747-300?

Wed Jul 31, 2002 9:32 pm

This design was real. I was watching a history of the 747 show on Wings about a year ago, and this was actually a thought design. Another design had the upper deck strech the entire length of the aircraft (that design had the standard 4 engine configuration). Boeing couldn't make the full upper deck work because of the required spacing of emergency exits conflicting due to the size of the wing and overlapping of the exits.
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