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There are some cargo aircraft that have windows which are not covered. Look: enter image description here

On the second deck above where it says "Hong Kong Asia's World City" the aircraft has 3 uncovered windows. Source: Airliners.net
Also here: enter image description here

Source: Airliners.net

On the upper deck of the Martinair 747 the windows are not covered. My question is: if the aircraft is used for cargo, why do they leave the windows uncovered?


marked as duplicate by Jan Hudec, jklingler, J Walters, SMS von der Tann, CGCampbell Mar 8 '16 at 12:53

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    $\begingroup$ There is still a crew that goes with the flight, including a load officer and possibly a relief crew. $\endgroup$ – Ron Beyer Mar 7 '16 at 16:28
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    $\begingroup$ Related $\endgroup$ – fooot Mar 7 '16 at 16:40
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    $\begingroup$ I see a bird strike in the top image. $\endgroup$ – SMS von der Tann Mar 7 '16 at 17:44
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    $\begingroup$ Both aircraft in your pictures are 747's. It's not really feasible to load cargo in the upper deck. The most comfortable jumpsuit I ever had on a FedEx freighter was the old 747-200 we had which was a converted passenger plane. The upper deck still had the first class seats installed. $\endgroup$ – TomMcW Mar 8 '16 at 3:34

Some cargo aircraft do have limited seating, as mentioned in the comments it could be for the relief crew, load officer, or other employees making a hop on the plane. Here is a nice blog post about flying in a cargo plane. This article covers it pretty well also.

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Some cargo planes are also old passenger planes and some of the windows may be left in place.

  • $\begingroup$ > "Some cargo planes are also old passenger planes and some of the windows may be left in place. " - you can see in the OP's second picture that all of the windows in the lower deck and some of the ones on the upper deck have been painted over. $\endgroup$ – Random832 Feb 22 '17 at 21:22

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