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Michiganatc
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Help...Name This Plane!

Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:31 pm

I was going through some of my airplane pictures and I came across this really poor quality photo I took through a window at Detroit's Smith Terminal back in 2000. This was the first International flight that I was on and only my second airplane trip, ever.

I really need help identifying it, since I'd like to buy a diecast model of it. Obviously, it's a British Airways 747 but I can't tell if it's a -100 or a -200. I looked at different photo's of British Airways 100's and 200's but many look alike if not near identical.

I don't have a lot to work with given the photo and no tail number, but here is some more information:

-Picture was taken March of 2000.
-Flight was from DTW-LHR
-The Upper Deck has 9 windows

So what do you think....

Boeing 747-100?

or

Boeing 747-200?

 
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RE: Help...Name This Plane!

Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:37 pm

srs 200

The srs 100 had shorter engine nacelles.

srs 100


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srs 200

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RE: Help...Name This Plane!

Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:53 pm

B747-200. The airplane in the pic has Rolls Royce RB211 engines as opposed to the Pratt & Whitney JT-9Ds on the 100s.
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RE: Help...Name This Plane!

Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:03 pm

If Andy McGregor's ACARS list can be found (and I seriously do think he was racking it up and posting back in 2000) you can easily track down the exact registration of the ship used on your departure date.

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Michiganatc
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RE: Help...Name This Plane!

Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:06 pm

Thanks for the info, glad I know now!

I didn't even notice the engines. From the angle of the photo I didn't even notice the difference until you pointed it out.

Do you know why the window's on the Upper Deck are different though? Did British have different variant's of the 747-200? I noticed on the pictures referenced above, the -100 has 10 Upper Deck windows and the -200 has 8 windows. Whereas my 747-200 has 9 windows. Just curious, thanks!
 
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RE: Help...Name This Plane!

Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:08 pm

Easy answer: it's a -200 because BA retired the -100 in 1999 and you said you took the photo in 2000. Don't even need to look at the photo!

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RE: Help...Name This Plane!

Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:21 pm

Quoting michiganatc (Reply 4):
and the -200 has 8 windows. Whereas my 747-200 has 9 windows. Just curious, thanks!

8 windows on the port side, 9 on the starboard.


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RE: Help...Name This Plane!

Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:25 pm

The most obvious indicator is the big RR logo on the nacelle. A 100 wouldn't have those.
 
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RE: Help...Name This Plane!

Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:02 pm

You can also use the Archive section in www.lhr-lgw.co.uk
 
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RE: Help...Name This Plane!

Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:18 pm

200, 100%   you can see the RR on engines nacelles.
 
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RE: Help...Name This Plane!

Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:43 pm

Is that a NWA DC-10 in the background?
 
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RE: Help...Name This Plane!

Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:18 pm

Dang, you guys are good. A grainy photo and you have the answer like *snap* that.
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Michiganatc
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RE: Help...Name This Plane!

Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:01 am

Quoting cjg225 (Reply 11):

I agree, you all are the best. Thanks everyone for your input.

Yes, that's a NW DC-10 in the background...a nice touch to a crappy photo which I scanned in. I really miss those DC-10s.
 
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RE: Help...Name This Plane!

Fri Sep 06, 2013 1:35 pm

One last question for the experts:

Does this have "8-Main Exits" or "10-Main Exits?" I'd like to buy the Safety Card but don't know which one it'd be. I looked at the different pictures and it show's 8 outlined doors but I see another smaller door over the wing's. So does that count and what does "Main Exit" mean?
 
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RE: Help...Name This Plane!

Fri Sep 06, 2013 2:01 pm

Quoting michiganatc (Reply 13):
8 outlined doors but I see another smaller door over the wing's. So does that count and what does "Main Exit" mean?

If the exit doors are not outlined, that means they are inoperative. So this aircraft would only have 8 main exits at the time it was photographed.
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RE: Help...Name This Plane!

Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:22 pm

OK so we've identified the 747, identified the DC10......who can identify the fellow in the bottom right hand corner?   
 
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RE: Help...Name This Plane!

Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:16 pm

Why is nobody making a bigger deal about how far picture taking technology has come in just 13 years?!    I realize the picture is probably a scan of the original, so some quality is lost. However, if michiganatc hadn't said the picture was from 2000, I would have pegged it for the late 80's or early 90's. Even in the past five to six years, the quality of photos on this site has improved drastically. I guess having a gazillion megapixel camera really does make the difference!

Quoting michiganatc (Thread starter):
This was the first International flight that I was on

I too had my first international flight originate from DTW. Mine was in 1997, from DTW to FRA on a NW DC-10.
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