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Why Pilots love flying the 747

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The design, power, and cockpit foot heaters that make the 747 feel like home to pilots. (www.slate.com) עוד...

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preacher1
preacher1 3
Never flew the 747. A very well written article. One thing though is that you can maintain a type rating if you stay current on it which many will not do for various reasons. For some it will depend on the job. I flew a 707 and then that went away, giving place to
a 757, which I flew for 29 years. As it went away, I went to a 767, but they carried a dual type rating. But, besides that I stayed current on a King Air and got current on a CRJ 200 as well, and a couple others for awhile. I personally feel about the 757 as this author did about the 747. A high stepping lady.

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preacher1
preacher1 1
I have been inside one, just never have flown one. 757 was not real roomy either
preacher1
preacher1 1
After I retired and then went back up awhile, I transitioned into the 767. The additional room on the deck is the first thing you notice. Then as you fly it, you find that while it's a good aircraft, it is not as responsive as the 757; of course it's bigger
30west
30west 1
-200 or -300ER? I was not a fan of the -200's flying characteristics. I thought the ER was much better, but still not as nicely balanced or responsive as the pilots' airplane....the 757.
preacher1
preacher1 1
rkurian
Ravee Kurian 1
Am not a pilot but have loved the B757 forever. Beautiful lines on that jet. It always felt over-powered. Seemed like the takeoff roll was always shorter and the initial climb was always quicker. Have heard though that its low speed characteristics in bank were tricky but I wouldn't know.
preacher1
preacher1 3
It flew pretty hot. It was a racehorse but you had to fly it. It was responsive and you actually flew a ways ahead of yourself because of that responsiveness.
LoralThomas
Loral Thomas 1
Preacher - RB211's?
preacher1
preacher1 1
Yeah, we came off of a 707. My MX guy was an RR guy.LOL. That was one reason we had to wait on getting it. RR was among the last getting EYOPS cert.
LoralThomas
Loral Thomas 1
Those RB211's were one of the reasons I liked the L-1011 so much. Never been on the 757. Just don't fly much anymore.
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 1
That EYOPS must've hurt...
preacher1
preacher1 1
dee9bee
dee9bee 1
The 757 was my favorite as well. Very well balanced and a pleasure to hand-fly. Getting to fly the 767 was a 'seniority thing' and when I got the opportunity, I would tend to overcontrol (especially in bank) until I got used to it. By then, I was right back on the 757...Sorry to get off the main subject :-)
dtw757
mike SUT 2
757 is my favorite...flew the 747s both -200 and -400 version..great plane, flew the DC-10, my generations DC-3 the 727, A320 and A330...couldn't wait to get off them, like flying a computer game complete with control stick. 767 was fun but didn't feel as sporty as the 757. The 757 and the P-3 were equals in maneuverability, lots of power, and just a great solid feeling underneath you. There REALLY is something about a Boeing that makes you feel your are in a pilots plane.
oowmmr
oowmmr 1
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/boeings-747-boosted-by-jumbo-order-from-russian-cargo-airline/
rkurian
Ravee Kurian 1
Another beautifully written and evocative excerpt from 'Skyfaring' the book by Speedbird FO, Mark Vanhoenacker... - the book is out now incidentally.
andrew357
andrew357 1
i love this legendary classic aircraft and have flown on many series 100-200-300-400 completely safe but sad they are dissapearing from our skies the real Queen of the skies.
oowmmr
oowmmr 1
When the 747 was new, it was town news that it would be at KSJC. It had a short fuselage was really stout and stocky quite a site. When passing by KSFO, its still satisfying to see one of those, larger and grown up, magnificent birds.
iflyfsx
iflyfsx 1
It's such a shame that fuel prices and the efficiency of the 777 practically killed the 747. But we do have a few 747-8i for a few more years.
preacher1
preacher1 1
Yeah, they'll be around for awhile but will eventually go the way of the 380. They can't carry the # of pax but they are a lot more flexible as far as destinations go. They will live a long life as a freighter after the pax are gone.
iflyfsx
iflyfsx 1
And it will be the next presidential airplane.
rad2
Roger Deeringer 1
As a passenger, the 747 is my choice. Flying in heavy weather on those big birds is a feeling of comfort. NRT to SIN in December is always an adventure with the high headwinds. On one flight in 2012 had a ground speed of less than 300 kph at 41000. The head wind was being displayed at 150+ kph. The 747 was rock solid. Did the same flight on a 772er in 2014 and was bounced around to the point the flight attendants buckled up with the shoulder straps.

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