Took my first flights aboard this version of the Triple Seven last year, YVR-SYD and vice-versa. The big Triple Seven is fast becoming one of my favourite aircraft.
The first distinctive thing I noticed was the very noisy engine start-up - man, that is so neat! That huge, bassy vibration that just rumbles through the entire cabin ... that is so totally cool. The raked wingtips are a nice counterpoint to the omnipresent winglets of today's aircraft. For engines in the 110,000 lb thrust range, I thought they were remarkably quiet on takeoff. The takeoff itself, at full weight, was probably no longer than about 35 seconds. The aircraft climbs smoothly and powerfully. At night, those GE fans put out quite a blurry streak behind the wing; all that heat from the core makes for a really nice visual effect on the passing city lights below. And that dihedral in the wings - wow, it is quite a sight in cruise. Then there is the interesting flap setup: outboard flap extension is quite slight for takeoff; augmenting them however are the outboard ailerons (flaperons?).
All in all, a great airplane. And it's pretty too
I would love to hear some of your favourite 772LR tales.