Triple Seven
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Memories On-board A 747SP

Fri Jun 23, 2000 12:56 pm

November 1987 will be well remembered. That was the time and only time I flew on-board an SP. I was only 10 years old then but nevertheless I could still remember the flight.

I was on my way to LAX from KUL with my family on a holiday. I flew with a China Airlines 767-209B (another rare plane with CAL) for the KUL-HKG-TPE route and switch to a China Airlines 747SP-09 for the non-stop flight to LAX. When I first saw the SP I actually said to my dad that this 747 looks funny. When I got onboard my dad looked at the flight safety card and saw the word 747SP !

On the climbout I remember watching the evening sun setting on the right side of the aircraft (I was on the right window seat close to the leading edge of the wing), what a sight to remember especially flying on a rare bird. I walked around the aircraft after meal and was fascinated with its short cabin. I have walked around the cabin of the 747-100/200 two years prior to the 747SP flight and I certainly could tell the differences. I always looked out the windows to see the mighty JT9D-7 engines and its huge wing. I would pressed my ear onto the window and hear the different noise you'll get as opposed the cabin noise (still do this on every flight).

The flight was very smooth and I really liked it very much. When I arrived in LAX, at the gate, I looked back at the SP and I couldn't take my eyes off her. The SP that brought me into LA was a unique bird when compared to the other 747s that was
lurking in the background.

Throughout the years I've flown many times across the Pacific on 747s but non of the experiance stood out like the one time flight on the 747SP. I wish I could have remembered the flight alot more but looking back now I'm really glad that I've flown on a very unique and rare bird. Share your experiance.

-Triple Seven
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RE: Memories On-board A 747SP

Fri Jun 23, 2000 1:04 pm

My only 747 ride thus far was on a United 747SP in 1993 from MIA to IAD; the flight continued to CDG. Since I had just arrived in MIA on a 757 I immediately noted that the -SP looked dated, especially with respect to the audio setup in the handset with analog rather than digital tuning and volume. All the same, the mighty bird handled the 2-hour long flight beautifully and was very smooth but a bit noisy on the inside. Unfortunately in IAD the temperature was 99F (37.5 C) which meant that on landing the plane's a/c could not cope with the searing heat which wafted in.

All the same, the SP gave me a memorable flight and one which I am almost sure would never be repeated.

Hop to it, fly for life!
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RE: Memories On-board A 747SP

Fri Jun 23, 2000 1:57 pm

SFO-SEL, 1991. A memorable long-haul of my youth.
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RE: Memories On-board A 747SP

Fri Jun 23, 2000 1:59 pm

Forgot to mention the lady behind me had a heart attack -- a scary experience.
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RE: Memories On-board A 747SP

Fri Jun 23, 2000 10:56 pm

When I started flying eleven years ago the B747SP was the pride of the Pacific, being the only type at the time which could span the Ocean, nonstop from Australia to the US west coast. My memories are of the small crew rest bunk area fitted to the aft centre cabin. In those days smoking was allowed on board and in an effort to keep the stench away from the galley and crew rest areas the smoking cabin was at the front of Economy. Basically it resulted in there being nowhere to escape the smell! (Sorry any smokers reading this!)
The 74SP also has a long forward galley running between doors Right1 and Right2. The galley is inboard leaving a complete bank of unobstructed windows with a walkway. We refer to it as the "Panorama Galley".
The two 74SPs are now relegated to regional routes having lost the Pacific run to the B744 fleet. All going to schedule in fact I'm due to operate onboard a B747SP from SIN-DRW-CNS/CNS-DRW-SIN, twice in July as part of a South East Asian regional flight. Most crew try to avoid the SP as it is an oddity in the fleet. That's what makes me appreciate working in the type. It's different and the pair won't be around for too many more years. Cheers,

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