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Can The Boeing 747 Fly On One Engine?
Simple Flying ^ | 9 May 2020 | Chris Loh

Posted on 05/09/2020 8:25:14 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT

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To: Bigbrown
A 747 captain? KOOL!!!

A few years ago I took a flight on an Emirates A380 and had the very best seat in Cattle Class...right next to the stairway that leads to the cockpit.While in my seat a man who was obviously the pilot walks in.He had an Aussie accent so I said to him...jokingly (so he wouldn't think I was a hijacker)..."hey,Captain,any chance of me taking the wheel of this thing for a while?" He laughed and said "no,there's a two week course you have to complete first".

I'll never forget it! LOL!

81 posted on 05/10/2020 6:32:04 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Rats Just Can't Get Over The Fact That They Lost A Rigged Election!)
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He flew for United Airlines and was highly regarded for his handling of the Flight 232 crash in Sioux City, Iowa in 1989

Yup. I was not being sarcastic. I still can't believe he flew that plane the way he did.

82 posted on 05/10/2020 6:41:33 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Screw journalists.)
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To: rlmorel
Thank you bro. That’s exactly the base in Vietnam I was at, except they spelled it wrong in the video. 😁
83 posted on 05/10/2020 7:22:48 AM PDT by Mark17 (Father of US Air Force Officer, who graduated from Air Force pilot training, on 1 May 2020)
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To: wastedyears
That one engine will take you to the scene of the crash.

Once a 747 loses 1 engine its ability to maintain altitude is compromised and it will have to descend, however, it can continue at a lower altitude. A BA 747 took off from Los Angeles some years ago, lost an engine very soon after take off and continued all the way across the Atlantic at a lower altitude than planned. However, although only 3 engines were in use they used more fuel than the 4 would have at a higher altitude and they diverted to Manchester instead of continuing to London.

Lose 2 engines and things get much more interesting. If the two non functioning engines are both on the same side then the aircraft will tend to yaw significantly. The aircraft won’t be able to maintain its cruise altitude but by descending to a lower altitude control can be maintained and if the altitude is low enough the aircraft may even be able to climb very slowly. An immediate divert will be called for.

Lose 3 engines and you will have problems maintaining altitude. The one engine remaining will help to slow the altitude loss but you WILL lose altitude. Another BA incident involved a 747 that flew into volcanic dust over Indonesia. They lost all 4 engines all of which were contaminated by the dust. They got one going at about 12/13000 feet which helped them to reduce the rate of descent but only when a second was restarted could they begin to climb again but it was painfully slow.

So, can a 747 fly with one functioning engine? Yes. How? By maintaining a slow rate of descent (to the crash site).

84 posted on 05/10/2020 8:53:56 AM PDT by SkyDancer (~ Just Consider Me A Random Fact Generator ~ Eat Sleep Fly Repeat ~)
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To: the_Watchman

Airplane panic attack

85 posted on 05/10/2020 10:26:19 AM PDT by minnesota_bound (homeless guy. He just has more money....He the master will plant more cotton for the democrat party)
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To: Mark17

The author probably isn’t the first person to misspell some Vietnamese town or city, I’ll wager!

86 posted on 05/10/2020 1:54:11 PM PDT by rlmorel (The Coronavirus itself will not burn down humanity. But we may burn ourselves down to be rid of it.)
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To: GaryCrow

Thanks for the reply and assurances. I am retired now but do miss my flights on triple 7’s.

87 posted on 05/10/2020 5:29:46 PM PDT by llevrok (Vote while it is still legal)
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