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Old 12-11-2016, 07:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

I went back from my business trip yesterday and transit at Chicago. It has snow storm and unstable air turbalance. I took United 747 and it is a huge, more legs room, very comfortable and stable airplane in flying to compare with 777 and 787 (I tried all 3). The staff told me that United 747s will be gone on March. It is sad that to see the best airplane is going way. It is also a shame to company now conside more profit and greed.

I am sorry if this is out of topic.
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Old 12-11-2016, 07:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The 747 is indeed a great airliner. Such a shame that no us carrier ordered the dash 8...
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Yup, the mighty 747 is indeed a great airliner & aircraft period.

I have yet to fly in the 787 but the problem I have with flying in the 777 is that it's narrower than the larger 747, yet airlines put 10 abreast economy seating in them, which makes the seats & aisles quite narrow... in my opinion the best seating arrangement would be 9 abreast, similar to the DC-10 or MD-11...
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Myself i like 2-4-2 on the a330. My wife went upper class on Virgin Atlantic 787 last week to SFO and liked the lieflat but hates that you cant see out the windows.......

Ive been on a few 747 in my time but im not keen on the rattle whenever you hit a bit of turbulence.
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Old 12-12-2016, 02:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yup, the mighty 747 is indeed a great airliner & aircraft period.

I have yet to fly in the 787 but the problem I have with flying in the 777 is that it's narrower than the larger 747, yet airlines put 10 abreast economy seating in them, which makes the seats & aisles quite narrow... in my opinion the best seating arrangement would be 9 abreast, similar to the DC-10 or MD-11...
I certainly agree, the Boeing 747 is a superb airliner.
The B747 cabin is 20 feet wide the B777 cabin is 19 feet wide.But airlines
configure both for rows of 10 seats across.
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She will ALWAYS be the Queen of the skies. IMO.
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I have sold/traded off most of my models in order to collect the 747 mainly (And older 737s too).

I can never have enough of the 747
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Old 12-12-2016, 06:44 PM   #8 (permalink)
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best of the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-12-2016, 08:25 PM   #9 (permalink)
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It was the first airplane I could identify when I was young and became my favorite plane. Finally, I was able to fly on one in August, just 3 days before Joe Sutter's passing.

IAD-FRA with a hell of a view.

And next Thursday, I'm on the 747-8 for the first time.

Side note, UA is retiring their 747 fleet by the end of 2018. However they're pulling them from the SFO-HKG route in March.

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I was fortunate enough to see the first 747-100s being produced at Boeing on a private tour as a 15 year old. My Dad knew someone at Boeing that arranged for the tour for my entire family. I'll never forget it. I also saw the prototype flying around Seattle.

Today I often see the 747-400/400F and 747-800s flying out of O'Hare. I NEVER grow tired of seeing them fly overhead. United, BA, KLM, Lufthansa, and various cargo carriers bring quite a few of these beauties into O'Hare everyday. There's something unmistakable about the roar of the 747-400's engines!
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She will ALWAYS be the Queen of the skies. IMO.
I feel exactly the same. My days flying TWA and Pan Am 747 cross Atlantic to Europe were special and always will be.
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Old 12-13-2016, 01:14 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Well on the positive side...the Queen seems to be doing well on the cargo side with UPS's new order of possibly up to 28 748's
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I feel exactly the same. My days flying TWA and Pan Am 747 cross Atlantic to Europe were special and always will be.
I am envious you flew on both Pan Am and TWA B747's.
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I was fortunate enough to see the first 747-100s being produced at Boeing on a private tour as a 15 year old. My Dad knew someone at Boeing that arranged for the tour for my entire family. I'll never forget it. I also saw the prototype flying around Seattle.

Today I often see the 747-400/400F and 747-800s flying out of O'Hare. I NEVER grow tired of seeing them fly overhead. United, BA, KLM, Lufthansa, and various cargo carriers bring quite a few of these beauties into O'Hare everyday. There's something unmistakable about the roar of the 747-400's engines!
I know what you mean. I live just north of the city. When they take off headed east they fly right over us. They're usually a couple thousand feet up by the time they're overhead, but I can always tell a 747 by the sound. Sounds like anything else, at under a thousand feet. So it's either something dangerously low, or the "Queen".

I also get the b17 and b25 flyovers when The Collings foundation is in town. I ponied up for a ride on the 17 a couple years back. Otherwise they were going to drive me crazy flying back and forth over my house all weekend, taunting me
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I'll be in a UA 747 come this February. SFO-TPE and back. Can't wait. Any good model shop in Taipeh?
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Old 01-22-2017, 07:26 PM   #16 (permalink)
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It would be cool iif the B747SP would be renewed like a new version of it, it was the B747 for short runways but also it was faster and could fly incredible distances, but then again I guess the B787 Dreamliners kind of replace the B747SP's

Still I have a wish for an all new B747SP design.
Cockpit, cabin, wing design & engines of the of the B747-8i but a bit longer than the old B747SP, but still 30 feet shorter than the current B747-8i

Keeps on dreaming :|
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I hope UAL is classy enough to understand the significance of that final flight in March. She should be dressed in a grand finally livery, one that will last until the ends of time as the last and final flight of a UAL 747, 'The Queen of the Friendly Skies'. Now wouldn’t that would make for a great 1:200 diecast model, the last revenue flight of a UAL 747-422?

But they aren't and they won't, because all of the bean counting, accountants and the litigating lawyers don't get it, they don't get it at all. They think she's just a machine, a means to an end, a transportation tool from point A to point B on the cheapest seat per revenue mile. They fail to realize the millions of people she’s touched. The people she’s carried in fun times and the in sad times of each of our families. She changed aviation period! Thanks Joe for your vision.

She'll probably end her career in March, uneventfully after the ever slight and very sorry fanfare celebration at her final gate arrival before she's towed away, de-commissioned and stripped of her homogenized colors and put up for auction or leased out as a new registration, still squeezing out every penny she has left in her.

I certainly remember my first ever plane ride on a Battleship UAL 744, LAX -DEN circa 1999 when Gershwin still tickled Rhapsody and Blue on the ivories in their TV and radio commercials. I was flying home Non-Rev for my Grandmother's funeral and was having a bit of trouble and couldn't find my seat, 7F. I had to ask a Stewardess, "Oh you'll have to go upstairs Sir to find your seat", she said. That was the neatest stair climb ever! I couldn't believe how high I was from the tarmac as we taxied out to the runway.

If UAL was smart they'd keep one 744 operational, just like Union Pacific Railroad has done with UP 844 and their Big Boy 4014 locomotives for special public appearances and excursion trips. Now that would be neat to see!
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