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

By Robert F Dorr

The Boeing 747-400 is the remodeled model of the airliner that modified the realm. in lots of methods, it's a new plane instead of a improvement of the vast physique "jumbo jet" that introduced air commute 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 fancy and easily functioning factor of good looks. Many regard the 747-400 because the so much majestic flying laptop to grace the skies.

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From the beginning, the 747-400 was designed for an electronic flight instrumentation system (EFIS) to replace those clunky gauges that The flight deck of the 747-400, as seen here with backlighting inside a hangar in April 2001. Flight, engine, and system information is displayed on six Collins 8x8-inch cathode ray tube (CRT) displays, five on the main instrument panel and the sixth at the center of the pedestal between the two flight management computers (FMCs). The displays are a dramatic contrast to the round dials of yesteryear and differ in size and shape from those on the 757 and 767 airliners.

In 1988, with more than 100 firm airline orders on the accountants' ledgers, Boeing acknowledged that its ambitious developmental pro- . _ . ~ml~ 28 AIRLINER TECH .. Not a real photo of an actual aircraft but, rather, the 1980s version of digital photographic manipulation, this marketing image was created to show customers what the new 747-400 would look like, and was widely circulated while the first flights were taking place. The snazzy, executive-style paint design is somewhat different from any that appeared on an actual airplane.

The most signifi- re cant change is the introduction of carbon disc brake units, replacing steel disc brakes (this change was also introduced in the Boeing 757). STA 2- STEPS FIRST OBSERVER FLIGHT KIT STOWAGE FIRST OFFICER 455 --t ;"",,---,---p WING Quite remarkably, engineers had redesigned the wing of the 747 jetliner no fewer than 10 times by the time the 747-400 wing was finalized, although most changes were internal and therefore not visible to the eye. 0. 2 meters) greater in span than the wing of the 747-300, but is lighter.

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