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Last ever 747 has left the factory

Old 21st Dec 2022, 23:56
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747-8 BBJ Scrapped after 30 hours TT

This seems like an unbelievable waste of time and money.
https://www.aerotime.aero/articles/w...0-flight-hours
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Old 22nd Dec 2022, 00:17
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The fuse would make a luxurious BnB - once you get it to your site
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Old 22nd Dec 2022, 05:07
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Originally Posted by RatherBeFlying
The fuse would make a luxurious BnB - once you get it to your site
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Which could be a bit tricky, now they've removed the engines.
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Old 22nd Dec 2022, 06:22
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Snoop

Sat in Basel for years, wonder what went awry
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Old 22nd Dec 2022, 07:06
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Hard to comprehend why an affluent nation couldnt induct this aircraft into the state VIP fleet, if not private fleet.
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Old 22nd Dec 2022, 08:44
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Was this one of the prototypes used for flight testing?
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Old 22nd Dec 2022, 09:01
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I think it may the plane that was heavily modified for the last King of Saudi - not just a lift but one capable of taking a stretcher from the runway into the aircraft IIRC - plus a full on medical/surgical suite

Not easy to sell on
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Old 22nd Dec 2022, 09:14
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Maybe Qanon could purchase for their Orange Crush guy?
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Old 22nd Dec 2022, 09:14
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Which airframes will be modified for the US Air Force One fleet? I thought I read somewhere they were also cancelled orders, but presumably easier to modify than this one.
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Old 22nd Dec 2022, 09:15
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They were off an ex Russian airline order
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Old 22nd Dec 2022, 10:31
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British Airways farewell to the 747 - nice video:
Includes one in the retro BOAC livery.
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Old 22nd Dec 2022, 10:55
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The USAF ones belonged to defunct Russian airline Transaero that had ordered four 748 of which two were built but then the airline went out of business, the NTU were offered to PIA in place of a 77W order of five aircraft they had signed up for few years earlier, and later to Iran Air after sanctions were lifted briefly from the country, they had initially decided to take them but in the final order chose the 77X and 77W, In PIA case the aircraft was found unsuitable to operate from Lahore a major gateway in Pakistan, not sure how true this is.

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Was this one of the prototypes used for flight testing?
No that was the first A380 frame sold to Kingdom Holding in Saudi Arabia and was being converted into the first and only ABJ380, the Saudi firm decided to scrap the conversion and sold the aircraft.
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Old 22nd Dec 2022, 12:50
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The 747-8I prototype not taken was an aircraft destined for Lufthansa. With finally way more test hours than expected it did not fit within the standardised maintenance schedule for the rest of their 747-8 order batch anymore.
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Old 22nd Dec 2022, 15:02
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My only flight on a 747 was in 1986 NW Minneapolis to London Gatwick. Thought the take off run was very very long but we got there.

I had planned a bucket list trip in Oct 2020 , London to Calgary with BA , business class , train across the rockies and BA 747 from Vancouver back where I had booked 1st class as Big big birthday treat being in the air when my birthday clocked round.

gutted when it had to be cancelled due to covid then even more gutted when BA scrapped the fleet as I would never realise my dream.
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Old 22nd Dec 2022, 16:40
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Sad to see the Queen going. Hope to see them flying as cargo for the next years.
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Old 22nd Dec 2022, 17:22
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Originally Posted by Pearly White
This seems like an unbelievable waste of time and money.
https://www.aerotime.aero/articles/w...0-flight-hours
I'm seeing conflicting stories on this one. At least some sources suggest that it's not being scrapped as such - although the engines and some high value electronics have been removed, the airframe is still intact and the owners are still trying to sell it as a complete aircraft (obviously they'd need to restore the stuff that's been removed).
Might make sense if there is a hull loss due to a hard landing or something similar - make the hull loss the donor aircraft for the stuff missing from this one.
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Old 22nd Dec 2022, 17:46
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I had a cockpit ride on a SABENA 747 between N'Djili (Kinshasa, Zaire) and Brazzaville (Republic of Congo) in 1994. Distance was about 25 kilometres. The aircraft had to uplift fuel there to get us to Brussels because of an issue at N'Djili. The headset was full of checklist calls and responses from start to finish!
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Old 22nd Dec 2022, 19:35
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I think I decided I want to fly the first time I saw a 747 when I was a child. We had to walk out to the ramp and climb up stairs to get onboard, but I was awestruck when I saw that the diameter of the engine was bigger than me.
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Old 22nd Dec 2022, 22:41
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owners are still trying to sell it
FAA register says it's owned by Boeing.
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Old 22nd Dec 2022, 23:20
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Useless snippet - I was queueing to get on a 400 on my way to Sydney, not long after Qantas had run a non-stop LHR-SYD demo flight to get lots of publicity. I started talking to the guy next to me, who worked with Shell. He said that the fuel for the Qantas flight was specially made in Germany and trucked over to London for the flight. Apparently it had a higher energy density, or something like that.
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