However, one thing that has me wondering, is why I have "never" seen a 747 banking above me in the pattern along with the rest of the troops?
For some reason, 747's only fly "Straight In" approaches from the North East, thus I never get to see "Fat Albert" up close, like I do with the other Heavies!
Why would this be?? After 6 years, not one 747!
Do 747's have a very wide turning radius which doesn't allow them to follow the other jets in the pattern? The L-1011's, B-777's, A-330's, A-340's DC-10's etc, seem to do just fine.
If the 747's need to manouver farther out before "levelling off" on the ILS, then at least I would know....but then I think of the turns that were needed for the approach to Hong Kong's Kai Tak International, and I just keep wondering....Why could the 747's follow the tight approach over there, but not the easier approach here?
Man, I just want to see a 747 in a cool bank overhead...just once.
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