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jimmy9irons
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The most 747s in a single photo

Mon Aug 30, 2021 10:09 pm

What is the biggest number of 747s in a single photo on anet? I think I’ve counted 24-25 in MHV or VCV but surely LHR or Narita must have had as many.
 
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Re: The most 747s in a single photo

Mon Aug 30, 2021 11:30 pm

Not sure about the most but the aerial photo of Gander/CYQX on Sept 11, 2001 has quite a few.
 
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Re: The most 747s in a single photo

Tue Aug 31, 2021 1:34 am

A lineup of BA 747s at T4 in that terminal's heyday as the heart of BA long haul.
 
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Re: The most 747s in a single photo

Tue Aug 31, 2021 1:46 am

I personally was amazed the first time I broke out of an early morning fog at LHR and saw the BA lineup. Unfortunately I was on a VS 340 haha
 
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Re: The most 747s in a single photo

Tue Aug 31, 2021 2:17 am

Take a look at Incheon Cargo ramp or Hong Kong
 
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Re: The most 747s in a single photo

Tue Aug 31, 2021 2:26 am

It's not the most Boeing 747s in a photo, but the early shots of early-production airframes awaiting their engines on the Everett ramp (while the problems of the JT-9D's overheating were being solved) surely deserve mention. At least one of these photos is in the Boeing Historical Archives.
 
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Re: The most 747s in a single photo

Tue Aug 31, 2021 2:36 am

Just after the stateside arrival bank at Narita during the mid to late 90's you could easily count 30 to 40 747s. Mixture of classics and the 400 were all over the ramp (buss gates), cargo ramp and in the gates. And that was when it was single runway. Can't find a photo though that represents that density.
 
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Re: The most 747s in a single photo

Tue Aug 31, 2021 2:40 am

I saw a photo of NRT in the 90's with about 10 NW and JL 747's in a row.
 
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Re: The most 747s in a single photo

Tue Aug 31, 2021 2:42 am

Fun question!

You've got a few categories: those in storage or waiting to be scrapped (which I think is least interesting), those pre-delivery, and those working frames an an airport. For the last category, I believe this nice shot includes more than twenty. Perhaps as many as two dozen.

https://www.airliners.net/photo/Cathay- ... AtXfNNY%3D
 
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Re: The most 747s in a single photo

Tue Aug 31, 2021 2:53 am

look at some picture sfrom NRT, HKG, SIN, BKK in the 90s
 
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Re: The most 747s in a single photo

Tue Aug 31, 2021 3:06 am

Years ago on some business trip I was spotting at Narita from the outdoor observation deck. This was when it had only the first terminal with those four round connected satellites. At each rounded embarkation area were I think six gates. At that moment virtually every gates was occupied. Most airframes were 747s, although some DC10s/MD11s could be seen as well. I recall some in Northwest colors. Maybe an L1011 from Cathay. Looking out at the sight I remember thinking how Narita must have the world's highest density of widebodies among major airports. Much higher than LAX, JFK, Heathrow, and even Changi or Kai Tak.
 
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Re: The most 747s in a single photo

Tue Aug 31, 2021 5:23 am

JFK in the 1980’s:
Pan Am, TWA, International Terminal Most Airliners flew their 747 on a daily base:
Aer Lingus, Sabena, British Airways, British Caledonian, KLM, Lufthansa, Air France, SAS, ElAl, Alia, Iberia, Alitalia, Olympic, Swissair, Aerolineas Argentinas, Varig, Korean Air, JAL, etc.
 
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Re: The most 747s in a single photo

Tue Aug 31, 2021 5:29 am

ContinentalEWR wrote:
A lineup of BA 747s at T4 in that terminal's heyday as the heart of BA long haul.


That was my first thought as well.
 
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Re: The most 747s in a single photo

Tue Aug 31, 2021 5:40 am

It would be one of the boneyard
 
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Re: The most 747s in a single photo

Tue Aug 31, 2021 6:00 am

It might not exactly be the most, but at MLB, we had 7 of them all parked right next to each other at one point.
 
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Re: The most 747s in a single photo

Tue Aug 31, 2021 6:05 am

jetwet1 wrote:
ContinentalEWR wrote:
A lineup of BA 747s at T4 in that terminal's heyday as the heart of BA long haul.


That was my first thought as well.

Surely that would have been surpassed by T5 overviews no? In pictures that shows the B and C gates I've counted a large number of 747s. Not sure if that would be a record or not though.
 
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Re: The most 747s in a single photo

Tue Aug 31, 2021 7:12 am

fraspotter wrote:
jetwet1 wrote:
ContinentalEWR wrote:
A lineup of BA 747s at T4 in that terminal's heyday as the heart of BA long haul.


That was my first thought as well.

Surely that would have been surpassed by T5 overviews no? In pictures that shows the B and C gates I've counted a large number of 747s. Not sure if that would be a record or not though.

This is a beautiful one.
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Tails of British Airways Jumbos lined up near terminal 5 at Heathrow
Copyright: Mike McSharry https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File ... athrow.jpg
 
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Re: The most 747s in a single photo

Tue Aug 31, 2021 10:29 am

Jet-lagged wrote:
Fun question!

You've got a few categories: those in storage or waiting to be scrapped (which I think is least interesting), those pre-delivery, and those working frames an an airport. For the last category, I believe this nice shot includes more than twenty. Perhaps as many as two dozen.

https://www.airliners.net/photo/Cathay- ... AtXfNNY%3D


This is a good photo - I counted 28 747s around Narita. There are more Northwest aircraft than JAL!
 
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Re: The most 747s in a single photo

Tue Aug 31, 2021 10:42 am

You mean, flying?

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US tanker refueling an Iranian tanker
 
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Re: The most 747s in a single photo

Tue Aug 31, 2021 12:26 pm

flyingturtle wrote:
You mean, flying? US tanker refueling an Iranian tanker

Image



The "US tanker" in the left of photo is actually an IIAF tanker. One of the original 5-28x registered ones (zoom in on the registration on the tail, looks like 5-284). Ex-TWA of course! This photo was taken between 1975 (when the IIAF tankers were purchased) and 1976 (when the IIAF tankers were all re-registered to 5-81xx).
Source: Jet Airliner Production List volume 1 - Boeing - 2003
 
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Re: The most 747s in a single photo

Tue Aug 31, 2021 12:48 pm

jetwet1 wrote:
ContinentalEWR wrote:
A lineup of BA 747s at T4 in that terminal's heyday as the heart of BA long haul.


That was my first thought as well.


T4 doesn't have that many gates and it's not very large. In fact it was a sh*t show of a terminal because it was originally designed for short haul p-2-p flights.
NRT has to be it. In the 90's it almost seemed like operating a 747 was a prerequisite for obtaining slots at Narita :D Likewise at HKG except HKG was a much smaller airport.
 
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Re: The most 747s in a single photo

Tue Aug 31, 2021 12:49 pm

RoyalBrunei757 wrote:
fraspotter wrote:
jetwet1 wrote:

That was my first thought as well.

Surely that would have been surpassed by T5 overviews no? In pictures that shows the B and C gates I've counted a large number of 747s. Not sure if that would be a record or not though.

This is a beautiful one.
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Tails of British Airways Jumbos lined up near terminal 5 at Heathrow
Copyright: Mike McSharry https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File ... athrow.jpg


Can’t believe they’re all gone.
 
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Re: The most 747s in a single photo

Tue Aug 31, 2021 1:20 pm

Roughly counted 13 747's in this shot which I immediately thought of when seeing this topic title.
 
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Re: The most 747s in a single photo

Tue Aug 31, 2021 1:49 pm

Relating to the topic, but in more artistic manner, I still look this photo in awe to this day:

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