Skip to comments.The Boeing 747 is heading for retirement
Posted on 08/19/2015 9:09:56 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
But now the 747 is a flying antique: people are astonished when they see the analogue instruments. And the flight controls are all defiantly dependent on old-fashioned mechanical linkages. A 747 captain once explained to me that, if hydraulic assistance on the control yoke is lost, you can still put your feet on the instrument panel, give a big tug and wrench the plane about the sky. You cannot do that on a solid-state Airbus.
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Sweetheart aircraft. I remember flying in one from LA to NYC or DC with a piano in the rear. Fun times before they gave up flying the 747 domestically.
Would a Boeing 747 keep flying if we had an electromagnetic attack?
It would seem a competent experienced pilot would have more control and options flying a 747 than a 777.
Only the E4B modification for the POTUS’ service, IINM.
If it ain't Boeing, I ain't Going
A remarkable aircraft company for which I worked.
Well, two of them should.
They still making 747s. No new orders except a replace Air Force One.
From a comment after the article:
I’m amazed at just how many have dismissed the 747 and claim she’s at her end, yet she still flies on. Here’s one fact that shows this: in 2014, there were more 747s sold than Airbus A380s. Let’s just count from the date of your article until the day the last 747 is retired. It’s going to be a long wait.
Arguably the finest airliner ever built.
If the 747 is retired, has there ever been any indication of what the next AF 26000, or Air Force one would be?
I have never seen, or read anything that suggests it.
On a totally packed flight from Nairobi to either Amsterdam or LHR back in the 80's, my in-flight audio was not working. Since no other seat was available and not wishing to sit in silence for the 9 hour flight, I asked the flight attendant if I could attempt to fix it. Given permission, I pulled out my trusty Swiss Army knife (remember those golden days before TSA?), disassembled the armrest/audio console and removed the offending broken tip of a headphone set. Voilà! I could now listen to the movie & the audio channels!
After about a half hour, the attendant appeared with a large bottle of wine (I was in Economy class), saying "This is from the crew. Thank you for fixing our airplane."
For many years I fought the temptation to enhance my resume' with "Boeing 747 Avionics Repairman", but decided that was really stretching it...
The I.A.M. has just read your story and is preparing to file a timeclaim against you.
Great story. Well done.
They have gotten a MOI from a Russian company for 20 , but have not firmed up the order yet.
This article is misleading, yes, it maybe talking about the older classic 747-100, but the new updated 747-800 is as modern as any other modern aircraft in the sky with new wings, engines, updated flight deck, avionics, and fly by wire alerons, including other tweeks on the plane as in aerodynamic improvements.
The 747-800 also had the fuselage extended.
The 747-800F can’t be beat for what is does.
New orders will come once the later ordered 747-400 reach retirement.
Boeing needs to bridge the gap in production until then.
The Boeing 747 still has pleanty of life left in it in freighter market indeed.
There is no other versatile plane like it in its size and capacity.
The Boeing 777 does not have the ability to front load large freight from the nose of the aircraft.
The 747 is a very stable platform to fly.
This was written by someone in Europe who are pro Airbus
The best airliner ever made.
BS The russkies have placed an order for 20 of the -800
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