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Quantas Straps an Extra Engine to A Boeing 747 for transport


This Qantas Boeing 747 checked some excess baggage for a recent flight - a spare engine strapped to the wing.   The airline had to transport an engine to Johannesburg, South Africa.  The engine was not used during the flight and was only there for the ride.

Image courtesy Quantas Airlines

A behind the scenes look at Qantas as we transport a fifth Rolls Royce engine on a Boeing 747 from Sydney to Perth and on to Johannesburg.

Virgin Galactic will use a Boeing 747 to launch satellites into space

Virgin Galactic introduces the newest addition to its fleet of vehicles as part of a technical update on its LauncherOne small satellite launch service. The 747-400 commercial jet aircraft, previously operated by Virgin Atlantic under the nickname ‘Cosmic Girl,’ will provide a dedicated launch platform for the LauncherOne orbital vehicle.

LauncherOne works differently from the rockets used by other companies like SpaceX or Blue Origin. Instead of taking off from solid ground, the satellite launcher is released mid-flight, greatly reducing the amount of fuel necessary to get small payloads into orbit. But up until today, Virgin Galactic's plans for LauncherOne always included it being taken to those high altitudes by WhiteKnightTwo, the massive plane that the company plans to one day use to carry its space tourism ship (SpaceShipTwo) into the stratosphere.

ANA to retire its last two Boeing 747s

All Nippon Airways will retire its last two passenger-carrying Boeing 747s next month, ending an era in which the American-made jumbo jet was a frequent presence in Japanese skies, working both the international and domestic routes of ANA and Japan Airlines.

In the 1970s, ANA and JAL were early purchasers of the revolutionary airplane, and they remained loyal to it and to Boeing, which even produced a special high-density, 560-seat, short-haul version of the 747 just for them.

Changes in technology and in travel behavior and a demand for more flights on smaller planes, however, have caused a global shift. For JAL, that has ended 50 years of loyalty to Boeing products.

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(Source NYTimes)

Boeing 747 #1 “Queen of the Skies” being rebuilt

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Forty-five years ago, she made history, ushering in the era of the jumbo jet and changing the face of commercial flight. A giant of the skies, it made our world smaller and mesmerized the people of the Pacific Northwest, us included.

When the 747 dubbed The City of Everett (RA001) took her inaugural flight on February 9, 1969, it was an enormous day for both of us. And just as we are tremendously proud to be a part of the Boeing 747’s legacy—as chief engineer and co-pilot on the first flight—we’re equally proud to be a part of her renewal at The Museum of Flight. 

Since accessioning the first 747, the Museum and its dedicated team have been faithfully caring for the aircraft, but Seattle’s damp climate takes a toll, and The City of Everett is showing signs of wear. That’s why, this summer, the Museum will embark on an ambitious project—a complete external restoration to return her to first flight conditions.

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(Source: Museum of Flight)

Boeing 747-8 Freighter Painted in Seattle Seahawks Livery

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Boeing  today revealed a 747-8 Freighter painted in the livery of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks. The livery commemorates the team's National Football Conference Championship and upcoming appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII. 

Photo Courtesy: Boeing

Boeing 747-8 Seahawks Livery Fun Facts

  • Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's longest pass this season, 80 yards (240 ft.), was almost the same length as a 747-8 fuselage (243.5 ft.)
  • Russell Wilson threw for 3,357 yards (10,071 ft.) this season, similar to the runway takeoff distance for a 747-8 (10,650 ft.)
  • Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin can dash the full length of the 747-8 main deck, 180 ft., in less than seven seconds
  • Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch can squat with 16 economy seats (30 lbs. per seat)
  • A 747-8 Freighter can carry 121 million Skittles candies, or 302,400 one lb. bags
  • It would take 144 747-8 passenger airplanes (Intercontinentals) to carry all the Seahawks fans in CenturyLink Field (67,000 seats)
  • The 747-8 can cover the length of a football field in one second at takeoff
  • Seahawks fans' Guinness World Record for crowd noise is approximately 38 times louder than the 747-8 at departure

(Stats courtesy of Boeing Media)                                                                   

Boeing delivered the first 747-8 with performance-improved GEnx-2B engines


Boeing delivered the first 747-8 with performance-improved GEnx-2B engines as part of the airplane's Performance Improvement Package (PIP.) A Cathay Pacific Airways 747-8 Freighter was the first 747 to deliver with the PIP engines.

The engine is the first of the package's three improvements to enter service. The two other components, Flight Management Computer (FMC) software upgrades and reactivation of the horizontal tank fuel system on the 747-8 Intercontinental, are expected to enter service later this month and in early 2014, respectively.   The new GEnx-2B  engine improves the airplane's efficiency by 1.8 percent.  All three PIP components can be retrofitted on the 747-8. The tail fuel reactivation is applicable only for the 747-8 Intercontinental and the FMC upgrades can also be made to 747-400s.

Space Shuttle Discovery takes last ride on Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

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Space shuttle Discovery's ride to retirement, NASA's modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA).

Boeing 747-8F Vomit Comet

Painting a Boeing 747-400 in 4 minutes

Boeing 747 Classic Cabin Schemes

How much does a Boeing 747 Cost

Based on Boeing's current price list (2008) in US Dollars.
747-400/ -400ER 234.0 -- 266.5
747-400/ -400ER Freighter 238.0 -- 268.0
747-8 293.0 -- 308.0
747-8 Freighter 301.5 -- 304.5

How to paint a Boeing 747-8

Upgrading a United Airlines 747 Business / First Cabin

Upgrading a United Airlines 747 Business / First Cabin

First Boeing 747-8 Freighter Leaves Paint Hangar

 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 Hangs GEnx-2B Engines on the 747-8 Freighter

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.

First 747-400 heads for scrapyard


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.

How much bigger is the Boeing 747-8 ?

How much bigger is the Boeing 747-8 ?

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.

Why does a Boeing 747-400 have winglets?

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. 

Air Force One Buzzing Over New York

Air Force One Buzzing Over New York

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.

First set of wings for the Boeing 747-8F completed

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.