|Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 4):|
Quoting Tdscanuck (Reply 3):
And I'll thank you two never to mention the hunchback of Mukilteo again....blech! To think something that ugly begat the 777...
"Begat"! Ooooh. We could totally do the bible thing:
I think the picture was taken when the 767 was pregnant with the 777!
|Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 11):|
That Buick ad is truly the product of a bygone era. Nowadays copywriters would never create such a wall of text. Apparently attention spans aren't what they used to be.
They didn't have the internet and electronic games to compete with for prospective customers' attention then. OTOH, they would've used it to bombard their target audience.
Now, who says trijets are dead?
That's very cute. Would make a fantastic toy for your little tyke or a nice trinket for your rear view mirror, or a gift key chain for your typical A.Nutter.
|Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 27):|
Also the landing clearances would be fantastic. "Visual approach Runway 26L AND 26R, and try not to chew up the grass in between too much". "Roger that."
They would need the equivalent (electronic?) of todays' wingwalkers for something that big when they come alongside the pier.
|Quoting Tdscanuck (Reply 28):|
Actually, it's a flying boat. Hence the funny lower hull shapes and high-mounted engines. Once they broke the 80m x 80m box I think they basically threw the idea of conventional airports out the window.
And created the need for a novel waterport different from those used by the biggest carriers. Imagine the whole slew of new generation GSE
(err, water support equipment?) that would have been spawned by such a creature - jetways on pontoons, baggage handlers, poop boats, tugboats for pushback, etc. and perhaps the biggest floating drydock/hangar like KIX
. Refuelling might not be too much of an issue, but what about elect'l. grounding and tiedown points - drop huge anchors? Bollards may not be very practical because of the wing.
|Quoting Tdscanuck (Reply 32):|
It was a design exercise to answer the question "What would we do if somebody wanted to fly 1000+ people?" It's good to explore those kinds of things when there isn't demand, to keep the engineers thinking about alternatives and to give you at least some baselines for discussion if/when a customer ever comes up with a wacky requirement like that. Plus, it's fun.
Makes me think Boeing engineers actually have a lot of free time to doodle around!