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747: A Jumbo Revolution On Smithsonian Channel

Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:39 am

Anyone else watching this documentary on the 747? I'm a pretty avid aviation enthusiast but I'm learning a lot about the "Queen of the Skies". Especially when it discusses the early problems with the programs' engines that almost put Boeing out of business. Fantastic documentary in my opinion. I'm sure it will play many times over on the Smithsonian Channel.

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RE: 747: A Jumbo Revolution On Smithsonian Channel

Mon Jun 23, 2014 2:15 am

I just finished watching and learned about the PW JT9D issues early on. Additionally, the rapid pace of the engineering program was remarkable. Overall, excellent presentation about the B747.

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RE: 747: A Jumbo Revolution On Smithsonian Channel

Mon Jun 23, 2014 2:50 am

Watched and thought it was a good documentary... I wish they would do the 737 next...
 
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RE: 747: A Jumbo Revolution On Smithsonian Channel

Mon Jun 23, 2014 4:09 am

The thing that nearly undid the 747 program--from what I read of several books on the 747 history--was the SERIOUS problems with the front fan on the early JT9D engines. It took Pratt & Whitney until 1972 to finally resolve them--but by then, Boeing was already working with GE to offer the CF6-50 engine and Rolls-Royce to offer the RB.211-524 engine on the 747-200.
 
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RE: 747: A Jumbo Revolution On Smithsonian Channel

Mon Jun 23, 2014 4:45 am

Have you ever read Joe Sutter's book, 747?

Fascinating read, but moreover, his very final sentence sent chills through me.
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RE: 747: A Jumbo Revolution On Smithsonian Channel

Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:44 am

I wish they went into more detail. No mention of the 200/300, SP, barely any of the 400. Kind of ignored the fact that most 747-8s sold have been Fs, didn't talk about TW 800, barely Teneriefe, and more. Still an interesting documentary however.

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