DIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 17775 times:
Quoting B742 (Reply 1): Will the 747 UltraMega Top be available for cargo airlines such as SQ cargo and EK SkyKargo??
I was just doing a "play-on-words" . . . . . .this 747 will be transporting 787 parts for Boeing and no other carriers or cargo carriers for that matter. It should be flying soon (next couple of years) for flight tests. . . .anybody?
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NYC777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 5919 posts, RR: 46
Reply 8, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 17511 times:
The mods on the LDF is supposed to begin a tthe end of this year with first flight and certification for during 2nd half of 2006 I believe. They plan on having three aircraft to support 787 production but right now they have one plane on hand to start mod owrk. I would guess they would be buying the two other planes over the next year.
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17628 posts, RR: 65
Reply 9, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 17359 times:
Quoting CX747 (Reply 6): I don't think the aircraft will be made available for purchase or outside use. There will be 3 airframes and they will be very busy shuttling parts around the globe for the 787 program.
I don't see why not it won't be used for other stuff. The Beluga is used plenty for special charters. There will always be some excess capacity.
[Edited 2005-05-09 18:39:47]
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A350 From Germany, joined Nov 2004, 1133 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 17061 times:
Are there any specs available? Length and diameter of the cargo hold would be of special interest.
Just a speculation: maybe they can sell two of them to Airbus for A380 parts transport. The beluga diameter is AFAIK only slightly too small for the A380 fuse parts. The 747 is also longer than the A300, maybe long enough for the A380 wings. Wing chord, however, will probably still be an issue.
Jamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 16752 times:
It kind of looks like boeings answer to the beluga and a380 combined to make some butt ugly and I also cant see how all the bulges on this would make it anywhere near aerodynamic, I know the beluga flys but the French sort of have a knack of making fat overweight stuff fly) not trying to start a flame war just thought I would get that off my chest
You cant have your cake and eat it... What the hells the point in having it then!!!
Hmm, those two pictures actually show slightly different planes (look at the tail section), furthermore the model on the lower picture doesn't look very professional. Obviously, the project is either in a very early state of development or Boeing doesn't want us to know too much.
USAF336TFS From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 1450 posts, RR: 43
Reply 24, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11828 times:
From what I've read so far, Boeing actually owns the aircraft (They just bought the three 747s) but will use an outside operator. Wouldn't those aircraft need US registrations for the ferry flights within the US based factories as well as the Japanese parts suppliers?
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