leelaw
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Status Of 747LCF Transporter For 787 Program

Fri Nov 18, 2005 1:31 am

What is status/progress of the development/production of the 747LCF Transporter for the 787 program?
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ikramerica
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RE: Status Of 747LCF Transporter For 787 Program

Fri Nov 18, 2005 1:41 am

I assume testing is still set to begin 2006 and "EIS" in late 2007.
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RE: Status Of 747LCF Transporter For 787 Program

Fri Nov 18, 2005 1:45 am

It's still a wonder that no pics have crept out of the Boeing plant yet.

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RE: Status Of 747LCF Transporter For 787 Program

Fri Nov 18, 2005 1:48 am

Probably because both aircraft are in Taipei at the EVA Air facility.
 
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RE: Status Of 747LCF Transporter For 787 Program

Fri Nov 18, 2005 1:48 am

From the following article

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...echnology/2002628489_boeing17.html

The internal study also concludes if Boeing goes ahead with the production increase, a fourth custom-built, large cargo freighter would be needed to transport parts of the 787 around the globe.

Three used 747s have already been commissioned for that role.

The first is being modified in Taiwan; the top of the fuselage behind the cockpit has been taken off, making the jet — for the moment — a top-down convertible.

Soon, a bulbous new top will be added, transforming the jumbo jet into an ungainly supersize freighter for carrying slim-line 787 parts.


We might be seeing pics very soon but it sounds like the mods have started and that the first one should be receiving it's new top very soon.
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RE: Status Of 747LCF Transporter For 787 Program

Fri Nov 18, 2005 1:48 am

This morning's Seattle Times reports that the first aircraft has started its modification program in Taiwan. The fuselage top has been removed. See here: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...echnology/2002628489_boeing17.html
 
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RE: Status Of 747LCF Transporter For 787 Program

Fri Nov 18, 2005 1:49 am

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 1):
I assume testing is still set to begin 2006 and "EIS" in late 2007.

I thought assembly of the first 787 commences next year, don't the transporters have to be operational before late 2007 for deliveries to commence in 2008?
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ikramerica
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RE: Status Of 747LCF Transporter For 787 Program

Fri Nov 18, 2005 2:18 am

Quoting Leelaw (Reply 6):
I thought assembly of the first 787 commences next year, don't the transporters have to be operational before late 2007 for deliveries to commence in 2008?

No. The first 787 parts will be shipped via, well, ship. The LCF will be required for Boeing to ramp up to full production rate, though.

They say the EIS date will be in time for "full scale" 787 production, or something like that.
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RE: Status Of 747LCF Transporter For 787 Program

Fri Nov 18, 2005 2:22 am

doesn't anyone think its weird that all 3 airframes are from "Chinese" airlines? 2 from CI and 1 from CA and the work is being done in "China" - ok so its the Republic of China-Taiwan.
 
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RE: Status Of 747LCF Transporter For 787 Program

Fri Nov 18, 2005 2:25 am

Quoting AeroWeanie (Reply 5):
This morning's Seattle Times reports that the first aircraft has started its modification program in Taiwan. The fuselage top has been removed. See here:

What an incredibly straight forward article! No opinions or positive/negative slant I could see. That reporter should be fired immediately.  Wink
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