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Latest news about the Boeing 747
Space shuttle Discovery's ride to retirement, NASA's modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA).
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Boeing moved the first 747-8 Freighter out of the paint hangar in Everett, Wash., Tuesday night sporting a special “light” livery.
Painted white with blue accents, the 747-8 Freighter unveiled a new twist on the Boeing Commercial Airplanes livery. It features an oversized “8” on the background of the tail as well as “747-8” on the belly.
The light livery, which saves time and expense compared to the full Boeing livery, will remain on the airplane until the flight-test program is completed. After flight test, it will be refurbished and delivered to a customer.
The first freighter will begin preparing for the necessary tests leading up to first flight in early 2010.
Boeing said today that they have installed the GEnx-2B engines off the 747-8F. This airplanes is moving through it's assembly and testing activities pretty fast. In fact the GEnx will most likely fly on the 747-8 before it flies on the 787 which is the airplane it was meant for (forget about the engines that are flying on the GE 747 test bed).
EVERETT, Wash., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) continues to make progress on the assembly of the 747-8 Freighter, as mechanics completed the installation of the new GEnx-2B engines on airplane No. 1 in final assembly at the factory in Everett, Wash.
"We are another step closer to bringing the 747-8 Freighter to market," said Mo Yahyavi, vice president and general manager of the 747 program. "This production milestone is a reflection of the strong working together relationship among Boeing, GE Aviation, Middle River Aircraft Systems and Spirit AeroSystems."
The GEnx-2B continues its progress through its engine certification testing. It recently completed the first phase of flight testing on GE's 747 flying testbed.
Air New Zealand's first Boeing 747-400 will soon make one final flight to a wrecker's yard as further capacity cuts loom in the face of a continued fall in demand for global air travel.
The 19-year-old jumbo, named The Bay of Islands, was grounded and put up for sale after completing Air New Zealand's historic biofuel test flight in December.
The 747-8 will feature a fuselage stretch of 18.3 ft (5.6 m) over the 747-400, bringing the total length to 250 ft 2½ in (76.264 m). The 747-8 will be the world's longest passenger airliner, surpassing the Airbus A340-600 by 3.6 ft (1.1 m). With a maximum take-off weight of 975,000 lb (442,000 kg), the 747-8 is the heaviest aircraft, commercial or military, manufactured in the United States.
In order for an aircraft to gain any lift whatsoever, there must be a difference in pressure between the top and bottom of the wing. Below the wing you have high pressure air, above the wing you have low pressure air. This is how lift is accomplished by the wing. The high pressure air is heavier than the low pressure, so the plane has no choice but to remain aloft. (which is why flying is unbelievably safe)
At the end of the wing, there is a turbulent mixture of the high and low pressure air. This mixing point, roughly at the location of the winglets, causes drag and can cause an aircraft to become inefficient. The winglets assist in eliminating some of this drag, therefore adding range and in some cases, quite a bit of exterior style to an aircraft. (my opinion)
Every aircraft is designed differently, so winglets are efficient only on certain models. Aerodynamic variation in aircraft design can be either helped or hurt by winglets. The particular model in this question, the 747-400, usually comes with them, BUT, some airlines have opted to not have them installed on their new planes (Boeing 747-400D - Domestic). Japan Airlines did this because they use the new plane for shorter high capacity hauls versus flying across the Pacific.
A photo opportunity gone bad when Air Force One flying through Manhattan sent people in the buildings running for cover thinking the plane was going to crash into a building.
The first set of wings for the Boeing 747-8F have been completed, said Boeing, as they make progress on the 747-800 freighter and the Intercontinental (passenger version). The 135-foot wings add Boeing’s latest aerodynamic technologies, allowing the aircraft to fly farther and more efficiently. The newly advanced airfoil is said to improve overall performance and fuel efficiency.