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Who Flies The New Boeing 747 400/LCF?

Sun Sep 10, 2006 3:52 pm

Hey
I was just wondering...
I've heard that in order to be a be a test pilot for an aircraft manufacturer, you must have many qualifications besides being a pilot who is appropriately rated for the aircraft (i.e. being rate in the 777 or 747, etc, in addition to being an accomplished aeronautical engineer.) So, if that is true (I am certainly not expertly informed), and with that said, who gets to fly the new Boeing 747 freighter? Would it be one of Boeing's in-house test pilots or what? I was just thinking that, despite how ugly the plane is, it would be a great honor to get to fly such a beast!

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RE: Who Flies The New Boeing 747 400/LCF?

Sun Sep 10, 2006 4:33 pm

The Boeing test pilots are flying it at the moment until it's certified then it will go to Evergreen and Cargolux, those pilots will have to do a LCF differences course, and possibly some work with the Boeing test pilots, prior to operating the A/C commercially.

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Evergreen has named Cargolux as a subcontractor to fly routes from Europe.

http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2005/q4/051214a_nr.html
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RE: Who Flies The New Boeing 747 400/LCF?

Sun Sep 10, 2006 4:56 pm

Quoting CCA (Reply 1):
Evergreen has named Cargolux as a subcontractor to fly routes from Europe.

Will there be large 787 parts to be moved from Europe?

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RE: Who Flies The New Boeing 747 400/LCF?

Sun Sep 10, 2006 8:31 pm

Quoting Ptrjong (Reply 2):
Will there be large 787 parts to be moved from Europe?

Yes. As i recall, Italian manufacturers and others are contracted to produce sub-assemblies.
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RE: Who Flies The New Boeing 747 400/LCF?

Sun Sep 10, 2006 8:49 pm

Thanks Starlionblue.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/275606_italy28.html

It says Alenia will build two mid fuselage sections in Grottaglie, near Taranto, and the horizontal stabilizer in Foggia.

So that's where I might be able to see the LCF.

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RE: Who Flies The New Boeing 747 400/LCF?

Sun Sep 10, 2006 10:22 pm

Any chance the 747-400LCF will be let to other companies to carry out-sized cargo like Airbus does with their Belugas ?
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RE: Who Flies The New Boeing 747 400/LCF?

Mon Sep 11, 2006 12:07 am

Quoting Columba (Reply 5):
Any chance the 747-400LCF will be let to other companies to carry out-sized cargo like Airbus does with their Belugas

I don't know if Boeing has stated intentions in this regard. However, it would seem silly not to if the aircraft is available. Apart from the money, the Beluga transport flights have been good PR for Airbus. They even painted the outside once for a special artwork flight.


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