Aviation Photo #1070943 Boeing 747-282B - Pakistan International Airlines - PIA

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5 engine PIA 747, spare fifth engine under port wing (with a moulded cover over the fan). Grainy blow-up from distant shot on finals for Heathrow 28R. When the 747 was introduced, complete engines could only be carried by specialist freight aircraft, so a convenient way of moving them round the world was to hang them as shown. As wide-bodied freighters became commonplace this method declined.
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    Mick West
    Pakistan International Airlines - PIA
    Boeing 747-282B
    Boeing 747-200 (C-25/E-4)
    Boeing 747-200 (C-25/E-4)
    London - Heathrow
    United Kingdom
    March 1978
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Photo Added: July 06, 2006

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11 years ago
Nice, but whatfor is the 5th engine?
11 years ago
My apologies for the graininess of this shot, but 5-engine 747s are rare! Thank you to Mr Abbas Ali(Historian of PIA) for his kind correction that this 747 is the P&W powered AP-AYW, (not the GE powered AP-BAK). This method of carrying spare engines originated from the time before wide bodied freighters were common..... Mick West

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