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BA 747 Pilot Reminisces

Old 15th Oct 2017, 20:47
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Ah yes, the 'Queen' a lovely aeroplane but I also found the cockpit very cramped with a relatively poor view, although you could see your wing-tip which helped on the ground. A very easy aeroplane to land. I only ever had one 'thumper' in 15 years of flying it. Landing on 04R at JFK I said to my young Co-Pilot, "Don't play with it Mr Ong Wing Loh this runway is shortish, just put it down". Will never say that again. Feeling that it was a heavy landing I was about to write it up when the Ground Engineer pulled the data via the ACARS and it was only 1.5G and 'within limits'. Surprising seeing there was no flare.
When comparing previous types, for some strange reason I go way back to my GA days and the 747 feels like a giant Aztec. The 727, my favourite, flies like an Aerostar with the wings sawn-off.
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Old 17th Oct 2017, 22:43
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Airclues, yes, you're correct - it was fin height for the upper disc. My 'handling' was all 'sim' time and took a little longer to settle with than the REAL 'Queen', the Tristar. Once adapted, though, it 'felt right' but nothing beats the observer's seat in the Tri!!
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Old 18th Oct 2017, 07:24
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Jump seat 1 in the A350 is pretty good too. Up there with the TriStar.

Fond memories of the Jumbo, apart from the cramped and noisy flight deck. An absolute pussycat to land. The aircraft truly 'shrank the world', and it stands as an invention apart from the aeroplane in my opinion.

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