Questions tagged [boeing-747]

A medium- to long-range four-engine wide-body jetliner (the original "Jumbo Jet") introduced into commercial service in 1970, easily recognizable by its distinctive hump forward of the wings. Different versions typically seat between 266 and 660 passengers.

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Why does the Pratt & Whitney 747 have an extra engine on the right side but not left side? [duplicate]

What’s the purpose of this design, and why only on one side?
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How is the 747-100's ground-handling bus protected against being energised by the engine-driven generators in the event of a bus-to-bus short?

The NTSB report on the non-crash of UA811 includes a detailed description of the operation of the 747-100's lower-lobe cargo door and the associated electrical circuitry, as well as an explanation for ...
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Best Practices when removing/inspecting/mounting control surfaces?

I am looking for a better way to essentially "mount" the control surfaces from a Boeing 737-747-777-787 and MD-11's. The current process is to just remove them and strap to a table. The issues with ...
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Is it easy for a Boeing 747 pilot to get a second typerating on the 777? [duplicate]

Is this easy and responsible? Since the 747 and 777 have a glass cockpit, you would think this would be easy.
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What would be the minimum number of engines required to climb in a 747?

There was a really good Air Crash Investigation by Nat Geo which showed the British Airways Speedbird 9 issue where volcanic ash swept over all four engines and through the air vents inside the cabin. ...
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What effect does the Space Shuttle have on the Shuttle Carrier 747

I saw a picture of this the other day and it got me thinking... How does having the shuttle on the back of the 747 affect the factors of flight? My guess is that is provides an incredible amount of ...
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Why does taxiing produce large lateral loads on the 747's engine pylons?

While reading through a bunch of old AARs recently, I found (in the context of a 1993 747 in-flight engine separation) this interesting tidbit: [...] Boeing engineers report that the modifications ...
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How are the 747-400 rudder pedals and tillers connected to the nose wheel?

The Boeing 747-400 Before Taxi Procedure says (emphasis mine): [...] Flight controls .............................................. Check C [...] Hold the nose wheel tiller during ...
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Was a six-engine 747 ever seriously considered by Boeing?

The Boeing 747 can carry a fifth engine on the side. As the airframe looks quite symmetric, I think that it would not be big work to hang a sixth engine on the side as well. From here, we seem to be ...
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What are these silver stripes on Cosmic Girl for?

Cosmic Girl (a 747-400 used for launching things into space)1 has a network of silver-coloured stripes on its empennage, starting at the (closed-off) last cabin window, and going aftward and upward ...
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What is that letter in the top of the tail of that Jumbo?

Aristotle Socrates Onasis, after marrying Ja. Kennedy, bought, from Boeing, a 742, the Olympic Eagle - now left in Hellikon Airport to rot, after the Olympic Airlines went public .. At the top of its ...
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Why only the outboard (“low speed”) aileron drops when there is no hydraulic pressure on the 747-8?

As the title says, why only the outboard ("low speed") aileron drops when there is no hydraulic pressure on the 748? (Full resolution)
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How was the 747 in the China Airlines Flight 006 affected by the wing damage it sustained?

The passengers on China Airlines Flight 006 had a very memorable flight when the crew lost control and the aeroplane went into a high-speed dive. Various pieces of the aircraft were torn off. The ...
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What is the service cycle or interval of the Landing gear of an A380 and 747-8

What is the service cycle or interval of the Landing gear of an A380 and 747-8, i.e how long between service, eg after how many take offs and landings with particular reference to bearing checks and ...
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Why don't B747s start takeoffs with full throttle?

Why does the 747 start takeoff with partial power and increase to full throttle later down the runway, when the A380 for example starts on full? Source This is not the same question as: Is it ...
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Does Nitrogen inside commercial airliner wheels prevent blowouts on touchdown?

I just watched the first episode of Inside Mighty Machine where civil engineer-turned-host, Chad Zdenek, discussed innovations of the 747. One innovation he discussed was the increased number of ...
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How is the center ILS used on the 747-400?

The aircraft has 3 ILS receivers, but only ILS L and R in the CDUs. How does the ILS C is put into action?
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Is it possible to buy a retired Boeing 747 aircraft?

American airline companies landed their last passenger 747 jet into retirement last year citing higher costs of flying this aircraft in comparison to modern widebody twin-engine aircraft designed for ...
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Why do the B747 of NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircrafts (SCAs) need additional vertical stabilizer?

Here is picture of B747 SCA of NASA and the AN-225 SCA. There are additional vertical stabilizer in the tip of the elevator to the Boeing's, while the AN-225 is designed with the vertical stabilizer ...
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How many B747s SCA does NASA have?

How many B747s that used as Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) does NASA have? Please include: The number of B747 SCAs that are still in service. The number of B747 SCAs that have already been retired (...
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What is the weight of the fuselage (only) of the Boeing 747?

I'm wondering about the weight of the Boeing 747's fuselage.
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Was the Space Shuttle aerodynamically neutral while piggybacking, or did the combination act like a giant biplane?

Trying to investigate this question, I see that 'Ask the Captain' says: The weight of the shuttle is calculated like any payload. The 747 produces enough lift to fly and to carry the weight of ...
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Can an Airbus A380 or Boeing B747 fly with only 2 engines?

What would happen if, during cruise at a high gross weight, one of these airplanes suffered a double engine failure: With one failed engine on each side (leaving one working engine on each wing)? ...
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What's on the upper deck in the picture (circled) of Cathay Pacific Cargo Boeing 747-8F? [duplicate]

Cathay Pacific Cargo Boeing 747-8F Image Source Is that a resting area for pilots or passengers seats?
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Why are the cabin chimes one semitone lower on the Boeing 747-400 than on other aircraft? [closed]

I noticed that the cabin chimes on the Boeing 747-400 overall sound one semitone lower than on other aircraft, including the 737, 777, Airbus A320, and even the 747-8. The same semitone-lower chimes ...
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Is this “wing-wave” early after takeoff really a pilot tradition?

I saw this video of a "wing-wave" immediately after takeoff of a 747-8 pop up on my Instagram feed. In the description, someone says that their friend is the pilot and that he did it to wave goodbye ...
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What are the consequences of attaching an unused extra engine under Boeing 747 wing?

It turns out Boeing 747 can carry an extra engine under its left wing in case there's need to transport an engine somewhere far away. The engine is attached between the body and the left inner engine ...
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Could two GE9x engines power a 747? [duplicate]

These new GE9x engines are huge and extremely powerful, but could two of them power a B747–8? It is possible for some engines to power the original 741s but I am mainly interested in the B748.
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What is the structural significance of 'dimples' on the fuselage of a Boeing 747?

I recently watched the following video: In the video there is a mention that there are 'dimples' visible on the fuselage of a Boeing 747, when it is on the ground. It ...
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What material is used for the floor panels in the main cabin for Boeing 747-400?

Just conducting some research into materials used in construction for Boeing 747-400 and Douglas DC-3. I just found out that in a DC-3 the floor panels in the main cabin and companionway are of ...
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What's the name for the structure that helps stop the nose wheel in Boeing 747-400?

From my understanding the nose wheel of a Boeing 747 does not have brakes, and as such when it is retracted it is still spinning. However, there are two "plates" that make contact with the wheels and ...
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How much fuel is used for preheating the outer engines of a four-engine airliner that were not used for taxiing?

Many questions and observations here have highlighted the idea of using some kind of electric towing system for towing airplane to and from the runway, instead of using fuel to taxi. One of the ...
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What is the wingtip station number on a Boeing 747?

In the figure we can see the station line even though it is not clear. I'am using that picture just for an example to make the question clearer. Main question What is the station number for wingtip ...
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Would the twin engine Boeing Y3 be able to compete better than the Airbus A380? [closed]

The low sales performance of the quad engine Airbus A380 and declining sales of the Boeing 747-800 have largely been attributed to lesser fuel economy of quad engine aircraft when compared to their ...
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Why don't El Al 747's stay at the gates at JFK?

I was recently travelling through JFK in New York City and saw the El Al 747, presumably arrived as ELY1 and departing as ELY4, sitting on the apron near terminal 4. What I saw was similar to as shown ...
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Which aluminium alloy is used in the Boeing 747's fuselage?

Which aluminium alloy is used in the Boeing 747's fuselage?
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Why the 747 testing GE-9X doesnt have a winglet?

News says it is a 747-400, but it doesn't have a winglet.
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What is the weight of the bulletproof cockpit doors of a Boeing 747?

What is the weight of the bulletproof cockpit doors of a Boeing 747 built prior to 9/11? Do the doors weigh the same for later models, like the Boeing 747-8 specifically? How many fewer passengers do ...
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How large are the pilot rest areas of the A380 and B747-8?

How large are the pilot rest areas of an Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8? What entertainment systems are found in them?
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Why are the largest civilian aircraft not adapted for military use?

Frequently, civilian aircraft models are militarized, e.g. into the role of tankers, AWACS and others. In this militarization, we see a lot of "medium-large" aircraft, such as B707, A330. The super-...
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Is the entire length of a B747 or A380 wing used as a fuel tank?

It is generally understood that the fuel tanks of aircraft are in the wings, but specifically, is the entire length of the the wing of: an Airbus A380 Jumbo used as fuel tank? a Boeing 747-800 Jumbo ...
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Are nose wheel tyres designed differently from the main wheel tyres?

For the heavy large Jumbos like the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 747-800, considering nosewheel tyres are not subjected to the excessive heating caused by braking from the disks and brake pads, and ...
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What is the air temperature inside of a tire right after landing?

What is the maximum design air temperature inside of a tyre of an Airbus A380's and a Boeing 747-800's main gear fitted with brakes, before landing after a 10 hour flight and right after landing? Are ...
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Would installing 6 engines on an Airbus A380 and or Boeing 747-800 achieve a shorter take off distance?

Would installing 6 engines on an Airbus A380 and or Boeing 747-800 achieve a shorter take off distance? Would that result in excessive acceleration and harmful or uncomfortable G-forces? Would the ...
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Why do pilots cut the reverse thrust below 40 km/h?

In a Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 Boeing 747 landing tutorial, it was said to cut the reverse thrust after decelerating to 40 km/h. What happens if that was ignored all the way to a complete stop? ...
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does the compressor section of a jet engine creates a depression in front of it, due to air be sucked at a great rate [duplicate]

for large Jumbos like the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 747 - 800 at maximum thrust at take off, does the compressor section of a jet engine creates a depression in front of it, due to air be sucked at a ...
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Would increasing the number of wheels of a Jumbo reduce the braking distance?

If weight was not an issue, would increasing the number of main gear wheels on a jumbo such as the Airbus A380 from 20 to 40 wheels, each equipped with braking disks and braking equipment, considering ...
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What is the maximum weight on the main gear of a large aircraft at rotation and touchdown?

For a large aircraft like a B747 or A380, how much does the weight on the main gear increase when the nose gear is in the air? I mean, in these two cases: What is the maximum extra weight on the main ...
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Does the 747-8 / A380 nose-wheel encounter more weight during braking?

Given that the nose wheels of both the Boeing 747-8 and Airbus A380, as is true for almost all aircraft, are not equipped with brakes, do they encounter more weight during braking? If so, how much ...
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Can the bleed air for deicing the wings of the aircraft be switched on and off for jumbos?

Considering the large surface areas of the wings of the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380, can the bleed air for deicing the wings be switched on and off as needed and if so, is that automatic and where are ...