YouTube - Boeing 747
Specifications (Model 8)
The Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet was the world's largest passenger jet from 1970 to 2005. It measures the longest from nose to tail and is the fastest mass produced operating jet liner. The A380 has a longer wingspan.
The latest Boeing 747 aircraft have drag reducing winglets and an upgraded flight deck. They are the world's fastest airliners, with a Mach .855 cruising speed.
A Boeing 747 designated the Freightliner has twice the cargo capacity and double the range of other cargo carrying aircraft. The Boeing 747 Freightliner fleet handles over one half of all the air cargo shipped around the world.
The Boeing 747 is fully digitized with all the flight deck information displayed on screens. All major aircraft systems have double redundancy. New avionics are able to lower the crew work load by 50%. Switches and instruments on newer models are less than half of those on prior ones.
An automatic hands-free radar system on the Boeing 747 model 8 has a range of about 370 miles and is able to inform the crew of real time weather conditions, including atmospheric hazards. Previous systems could only provide a measure of relative humidity.
New brakes for the sixteen wheel main landing gear system on the newest Boeing 747 models saves about 1,800 lbs. over other landing gear systems by using structural carbon.
Wing length of the Boeing 747 Model 8 has been increased by about 15 feet over prior models and the wings incorporate six foot winglets. Although the wings are longer, high strength alloys keeps their weight down to less than previous models.
The new GE engines of the Boeing 747 are quieter, have less emissions, and have better fuel economy than prior engines.
A total of some 1,540 Boeing 747 aircraft of all types have been produced to date.
RC Boeing 747
The magnificent RC Boeing 747 built by Peter Michel has a wingspan of 177 inches and a weight of about 132 lbs. Powering it are four Sky-Pipe N80 engine.
RC Boeing 747
We received the following email: "Here is my favorite RC Boeing 747 model 400 from Air France. It's made by me. The span is 4.20 meter and has a weight of 26 kilogram. (about 14 feet and 57 lbs.)
Best regards / met vriendelijke groet,
Thijs Versloot - The Netherlands"
Thank you very much Thijs.