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Airplane Fun Facts

Wed Dec 10, 2003 10:42 am

Simply amazing, got it from Boeing's website...

The first 777 entered service on June 7, 1995. Since then 777s have flown more than 1.25 million flights.

There are 3 million parts in a 777 provided by more than 900 suppliers.

On Feb. 15, 1996, the 777 was named winner of the prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association. The award honored the Boeing 777 as the top aeronautical achievement of 1995.

The 777 is capable of cruising at altitudes up to 43,100 feet.

Boeing engineers designed and electronically pre-assembled the 777 using computers. New laboratory facilities enabled the various airplane systems to be tested together as a single integrated entity in simulated flight conditions, before the first jetliner took to the air.

The 777's landing gear is the largest ever incorporated into a commercial jetliner. With six wheels on each main landing gear, and two wheels on the nose gear, it has an unmistakable footprint.

The Industrial Designer's Society of America presented its Industrial Design Excellence award in1992 for the 777-passenger cabin, and in 1993 for the 777's flight deck design.

The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale recognized the Boeing 777 in April 1997 for achieving a speed and distance record for airplanes in its size and class. The 777 set the "Great Circle Distance Without Landing" record, traveling 10,823 nautical miles (20,044 kilometers), and it set the record for "Speed Around the World, Eastbound," traveling at an average speed of 553 mph (889 kilometers per hour).

The 777-200LR (longer range) was named in 2000 to Popular Science magazine's top 100 list.

The 777 is named in a song by Dire Straits Mark's Knopfler. The song is contained on the CD, "Sailing to Philadelphia."

The 777 is the first airplane to have a rose named after it. The rose is deep purple-red with a citrus-like fragrance. It was developed by Olympia, Wash., Western Independent Nurseries.

On May 30, 1995, the 777 became the first airplane in aviation history to earn U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to fly extended-range twin-engine operations (ETOPS) at entry into service. On that date, the FAA awarded the Pratt & Whitney-powered Boeing 777, 180-minute ETOPS.

The 777 under went the most extensive flight-test program ever conducted on a commercial jetliner. The flight-test program included nine airplanes, which flew more than 7,000 hours and 4,900 flights.

The data shared and transferred on the network during the design phase of the 777 program totaled 1,847,930,000,000 bytes of production data. If you collected the equivalent of all this data on 3.5-inch diskettes the stack of these diskettes would be 13,368 feet (4,074.5 meters), which is taller than Mt. Fuji in Japan, which stands 12,338 feet (3760.6 meters).

Today's 777 operators enjoy a 99 percent dispatch reliability rate.

The flight control system for the 777 airplane is different from those on other Boeing airplane designs. Rather than have the airplane rely on cables to move the ailerons, elevator, and rudder, Boeing designed the 777 with fly-by-wire technology. As a result, the 777 uses wires to carry electrical signals from the pilot control wheel, column, and pedals to a primary flight computer.

There is approximately 50,000 cubic feet of volume in a 777-300, and 40,000 cubic feet in a 777-200.

A lightly loaded 777 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph (96 kilometers per hour) in less than six seconds.

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What else do you know? Any such fun facts of Airbus planes?  Wink/being sarcastic
 
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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Wed Dec 10, 2003 11:07 am

Odd that a self-proclaimed "Airbus lover" would post a list of glorious facts about a Boeing product. I was waiting for a "but" at the end!  Smile
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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Wed Dec 10, 2003 11:10 am

I like the last part, about the 0-60 in less than 6 seconds.

I'd dare say that that can beat quite a few automobiles on the road today. Anybody know what it can do in the quarter mile?

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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Wed Dec 10, 2003 11:22 am

DLMHT,

The difference between a car and a 777 is 235 tons! Sure it is easy for a car that weights 1000 lbs, but 235 tons! That is damn good.
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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Wed Dec 10, 2003 11:26 am

I'd pay good money to see a 777 line up on the runway with a sports car lined up on the taxiway beside it. You could probably give the sports car a head start and the 777 would catch him by midfield.

Hey, if we could get Tex Johnson on the controls of the 777, he would certainly put on a good show for us!!
 
Airbus Lover
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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Wed Dec 10, 2003 1:47 pm

Hey Fox,

Although my nickname might suggest so, I am not those die hard 100% pro Airbus fans. I like what I like but that doesn't make me "dislike" Boeing. They both make great planes.

BTW guys, what bout some facts about engines, landing gears etc.? Anyone have them?
 
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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Wed Dec 10, 2003 2:44 pm

One quick fun 777 fact.

The diameter of the 777 engine nacelles are the same as the fuselage of a 737.
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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Wed Dec 10, 2003 2:48 pm

"The diameter of the 777 engine nacelles are the same as the fuselage of a 737."

I thought it was the narrower body like the MD-80. Still, sit inside a 73x and say to yourself, "this is the size of a 777 engine."
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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Wed Dec 10, 2003 3:32 pm

"this is the size of a 777 engine."



Any questions....?  Big grin




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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Wed Dec 10, 2003 3:38 pm

Yeah.............about that GE90!!!

The largest and most powerful aircraft engine in the world. Ten feet in diameter and capable of producing over 100,000 lbs of thrust!!!!

That's what I call pure power!
 
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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Wed Dec 10, 2003 3:48 pm

Ten feet in diameter and capable of producing over 100,000 lbs of thrust!!!!

Actually... it's 11ft 3in in diameter, and capable of producing 127,900lbs of thrust  Big grin
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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Wed Dec 10, 2003 4:14 pm

An improvement!

Glad to hear it, thanks for the tip!

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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Wed Dec 10, 2003 4:47 pm

There is more thrust in the 777 family of engines than powered the Mercury rockets that sent the first astronauts into orbit!!!


 
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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Wed Dec 10, 2003 7:08 pm

IIRC - Approx 50% of the 3 million parts hold together the other 50%!

The 777 is the first airline to use a one design for all of the doors, regardless of it's fuselage position.
 
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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Thu Dec 11, 2003 12:26 am

"Any questions....? "

Not any more!  Wow!
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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Thu Dec 11, 2003 1:23 am



The engine of a 777 can suck the air out of Madison Square Garden in 2
minutes



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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Thu Dec 11, 2003 1:25 am

"The engine of a 777 can suck the air out of Madison Square Garden in 2
minutes."
 Laugh out loud

Where the heck did you find that. . .or did you figure that one out on your own?!

Cheers & LOL!!
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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Thu Dec 11, 2003 1:28 am

"Odd that a self-proclaimed "Airbus lover" would post a list of glorious facts about a Boeing product. I was waiting for a "but" at the end! "

Just because someone loves Airbus doesn't mean they can't like Boeing too. I love Airbus, but still acknowledge that Boeing produce mighty fine aircraft, especially at the larger end of the range.

Mike
 
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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Thu Dec 11, 2003 1:58 am

I heard that the elevator spanwidth of a 777 is the same as the wing spanwidth of a 737...

Heard the thing about engines and 737 fuselage as well, was in the same movie, a documentary DVD about Boeing...
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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Thu Dec 11, 2003 2:05 am

I think it would be an amazing photo if, when the A380 is delivered, a photographer would do a publicity shot of the aircraft parked next to a dozen RJs.
The A380 would be able to carry as many pax as all the RJs put together.

(and this coming from a Boeing fan!!)

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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Thu Dec 11, 2003 2:07 am


RE 777 engine/Madison Square Garden..it was in the current National Geographic Magazine



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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Thu Dec 11, 2003 2:25 am

On Feb. 15, 1996, the 777 was named winner of the prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association. The award honored the Boeing 777 as the top aeronautical achievement of 1995.

The Industrial Designer's Society of America presented its Industrial Design Excellence award in1992 for the 777-passenger cabin, and in 1993 for the 777's flight deck design.

The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale recognized the Boeing 777 in April 1997 for achieving a speed and distance record for airplanes in its size and class. The 777 set the "Great Circle Distance Without Landing" record, traveling 10,823 nautical miles (20,044 kilometers), and it set the record for "Speed Around the World, Eastbound," traveling at an average speed of 553 mph (889 kilometers per hour).

The 777-200LR (longer range) was named in 2000 to Popular Science magazine's top 100 list.

Today's 777 operators enjoy a 99 percent dispatch reliability rate.


Makes me wonder why airlines still go with Airbus  Big grin
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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Thu Dec 11, 2003 3:08 am

I have also heard all of these cept a few.
On an added note I read somewhere that the GE90's thrust at full power can fill the Goodyear blimp in 7 seconds.

The F-22 Raptor program is being worked in almost the same manner as was the 777 Production. There are about 20 Raptors built each undergoing vigorous testing by the military,Lockheed Martin,Boeing and other contractors to make sure that this high altitude mach fighter will be the revolution to air combat by the time it enters service in 2005-6 period.

The vector thrust cowlings can deflect the thrust of the fighter as much as 20 degrees in each direction: up,down,left,right. The cost of the bird $120 million. The upcoming JSF will only be $35 million. okay..MOre advanced and yet cheaper??

1 of these Raptors come out of the plant every month. Missiles are stored inside the fighter to enhance stealth. When missile is ready to fire, the doors open and a 3 feet long vertical eject launcher basically punches the missile downwards with a force of 40G's. Incredibly they dont explode or break apart.
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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Thu Dec 11, 2003 3:14 am

Flyingbronco05, because all these awards will not help an airline operate an aircraft that does not fit it's routes or needs economically... that's why we have other planes flying around - after all, Boeing also produces one or two other planes as well... Big grin

BO__einG, if it can suck the air out of Madison Square Garden within two seconds, how come it'll need 7 seconds to fill a blimp? Shouldn't that take a shorter time than emptying a building of air?  Confused

Nonetheless - quite a lot of these points really are quite impressing...
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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Thu Dec 11, 2003 3:50 am

BO__einG, regarding the price difference between the F-35 and the F/A-22 you must take a few more things into account.

1) The price tag you cite is for the F-35 is for the F-35A that will be operated by the USAF that will lack the V/STOL abilities of the F-35C that will be operated by the USMC, RN, and RAF. It also lacks the improvements needed to be carrier-operable that the F-35B will feature. Costs for the F-35B are at $46 million/unit and costs for the F-35C are at $48 million/unit

2) The F-35 is a single-engined aircraft and those tend to be cheaper than dual-engined fighter. The F/A-22 is also physically larger than the F-35, thus needing more materials, driving up cost.

3) The F-35 is not necessarily more advanced than the F/A-22, but is seen as the low end of a "hi/lo" mix the USAF and USN will operate, being paired off with the F/A-22 and the F/A-18E/Fs, much like the F-16 was originally paired off with the F-15.

4) The size of the F-35 order (1,763 -As, 480 -Bs, 759 -Cs for a total buy of 3002 aircraft) is such that economies of scale will come into play. The F/A-22, by comparison is only projected to have a total order of 339 airframes, thus cost per unit is higher.

5) Just because something is newer doesn't necessarily mean it's more advanced than something preceding it. The F-16, for instance, was born as a reaction to the sticker shock caused by the purchase of the F-14 and the F-15 and, as it was originally envisaged, would have even lacked a radar. In terms of its FBW technology it would have had advantages over either the Tomcat or the Eagle, but in other areas it would have been deficient, thus keeping costs as low as possible, as per the wishes of the group of senior USAF and USN aviators dubbed the "Lightweight Fighter Mafia" who backed aircraft such as the F-16 and F/A-18 into fruition.
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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Thu Dec 11, 2003 5:10 am

Leskova -

Read that again and you'll see that he said it is 2 minutes not 2 seconds for the Madison Square Garden. Does it make sense now?
 
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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Thu Dec 11, 2003 5:15 am

Oops, Sovietjet, you're right - just goes to show: people who can read, clearly have an advantage...  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Airplane Fun Facts

Thu Dec 11, 2003 5:43 am

The GE90 can suck in 2,000,000 cubic inches of air every second!

The pressure ratio of the air outside to air coming out the back is 9:1, higher than any other Boeing.
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