Boeing 747-400 (AirlinerTech Series, Vol. 10) by Robert F Dorr

By Robert F Dorr

The Boeing 747-400 is the reworked model of the airliner that modified the area. in lots of methods, it's a new plane instead of a improvement of the huge physique "jumbo jet" that introduced air shuttle to the standard citizen. With an outer shell that dates to the mid-1980s and an inside that displays a electronic revolution and a brand new century, the 747-400 is a posh and easily functioning factor of good looks. Many regard the 747-400 because the so much majestic flying desktop to grace the skies.

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Via Michael Stroud) 52 AIRLINER TECH -- -- 747-400 '~"I-ARIANTS THE MAIN MODELS IN USE rom the beginning, the prima. ry object with the 747-400 was to make the aircraft better. That meant improved systems, simplicity of operation, and the flexibility to develop various models for various applications. Increasing passenger capacity was never an important motive. After all, the SUD of the late "classic" 747-300 added useful capacity to the basic design and marginally reduced average seat/mile costs.

This artist's conception of afuture 747-400F freighter was released in 1992, the year before a reallife aircraft appeared. The paint design was altered somewhat, but the basic design had been finalized by the time this image appeared. (Boeing) More than 50 percent ofafinished 747-400 (as measured by cost) was the result ofwork performed offsite by subcontractors. However, final assembly of the 747-400 took place at the 7S0-acre site at Paine Field, near Everett, Washington. The assembly site is reportedly the world's largest building (as measured by volume), built at a cost of $200 million.

At the same time, the electrical system of the 747-400 initially refused to work properly, and integrating systems on the flight deck took longer than planned. On October 11, 1989, Boeing acknowledged that "limited delivery delays" would hold up the first 20 aircraft on the production line, although in no case for longer than 30 days. The company did not have the means to immediately increase the production rate of the aircraft, and some officials acknowledged that they had under1 - - - - - - 231'-4· - - - - - - ' \ .

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