Aviation Photo #1631167 Boeing 747-438 - Qantas

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5th Pod 744 coming in from Singapore due to an engine failure 2 days before. A very rare event,Thanks to Mark H for the edit.
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    Matt Loewy
    Qantas
    Boeing 747-438
    Boeing 747-400 (AL-1)
    Boeing 747-400 (AL-1)
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    25546
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    VH-OJQ
    Sydney - Kingsford Smith International (Mascot)
    New South Wales
    Australia
    December 20, 2009
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Comments (19)

Anonymous
8 years ago
Interesting photo of a very rare sight indeed! However does this addition not lead to an uneven weight distribution on the aircraft?
Anonymous
8 years ago
Must have been a rare genetic mutation.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great capture! Are my eyes deceiving me or is that 5th engine actually lit?
Anonymous
8 years ago
Now would you see that!.. the no. 2 engine is kept form thrust reversing..
Anonymous
8 years ago
Quite interesting ! 5 engines, but no reverse on #2 because of the #5 we can guess. But look at #3, he seems bigger than the others !
Anonymous
8 years ago
Such a rare moment

Can you guys please elaborate more on this? So the newly-added engine runs instead of the failed engine??
Anonymous
8 years ago
Wow, I didn't know they still did that.

FYI, this 5th engine is not running. It is simply there because this is the cheapest way to transport a new engine, rather than having to dedicate an extra freight flight just to transport it. In flight, pilots do have to trim the rudder just a little bit to compensate for the extra drag created by this engine. :)
Anonymous
8 years ago
Hi guys,

Basically this aircraft just ferried the additional engine which failed back to be repaired at Qantas Maintenance base.. It was limited to Mach 0.78 due to the extra drag from engine and obviously didn't carry PAX..
Anonymous
8 years ago
To Hungarian commenter: no... a 744 landed 2 days earlier w/ an engine failure... they (Quantas) took the engine (the failed one) off and shipped it to Rolls Royce (the maker of these Rb211's), and strapped another one onto the next 744 heading to Sydney... the innermost engine on this side is not running, the other 4 are ... when this plane is de-boarded, they will taxi to the maintenence hangar, take the innermost engine off, and put it on the 744 that had an engine failure... they both flew happily ever after
Anonymous
8 years ago
Very interesting, but as others asked, why is there a 5th engine?
Anonymous
8 years ago
The no. 5 engine is being ferried for another aircraft that is grounded until it's replaced.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Some carriers 3-eng ferry their empty a/c back to base, with specially trained usually management pilots, or after an engine change 'Fifth Pod" it back to base for repair on a revenue service with passengers and regular line pilots.
The flight has some peformance restictions with the 5th pod, but otherwise handles normally.
The engine is normally free to windmill during carriage, and reverse on #3 is at the discretion on the crew depending on the carrier and prevailing conditions.
Anonymous
8 years ago
The number 2 engine is probably not reversed to prevent any debris from going into the "5th" engine. It also looks like there might be a white disc over the fan blades of the 5th engine to keep it from turning. I suspect that several hours of turning at high speed might be hard on the engine without the normal oil lubrication.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Fantastic photo Matt! You are very skilled with your camera, and you have captured a rare event in perfect detail. Bravo!
Anonymous
8 years ago
5th engine on a 747?? I had no idea this was possible, AMAZING! Never seen that before, very good photography too!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Not even the same rolls royce engine! weird.
Anonymous
8 years ago
It is the same RB211-524H. But it has not the same attachment as the 4 regular engines because it does not need fuel supply because it is a replacement powerplant for another Quantas 747 landed earlier with engine problems.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Sad one
Anonymous
8 years ago
One reason for the additional pod lacking in livery may be that it has come out of long term storage, or it may have been put in a multi airline pool, where one airline (in this case Qantas) would have taken the engine to use for as long as it takes for the damaged engine to be repaired

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