Triton said:Model of Boeing 747 "ant-eater" or "droop nose" design finalist
Source:http://rides.webshots.com/photo/2360418390048918155DrQvBsAnother significant finalist was the "ant-eater." So called because it appeared to have a droop-snout, the ant-eater was important because it promoted the concept of a wide single deck, as well as the idea of placing the flight deck on a different level than the main passenger accommodation The design allowed freight to be loaded directly in the main deck without having to swing the nose out of the way. The same basic concept was used 30 years later by Airbus for the A300-600T Beluga transport.
The development of a very large cargo aircraft by combining, in catamaran fashion, two existing wide body transports was studied. Advantages of this system include: lighter weight and increased payload; increased fuel economy; and reduction in direct operating costs.
Graham1973 said:Boeing 747 modified to act as a tow-plane for the space shuttle Approach and Landing Tests.
bigvlada said:Graham1973 said:Boeing 747 modified to act as a tow-plane for the space shuttle Approach and Landing Tests.
Was there any attempt to put jet engines on Enterprise for these tests? Something similar to what was done with the Buran OK-GLI?
Dronte said:In view of the material already presented in the forum this topic will surely motivate enough crossposting but I believe that the topic deserves to take their own place.
-A 90's proposal of GE for a Super-AWACS. A wind tunnel model existed but I have not gotten pictures of the same one.
Mark Nankivil said:Greetings All -
A recent donation to the Museum included a box full of various commercial aircraft proposal brochures that came from the United Air Lines library. They were being thrown away at the time or donor was there visiting for research and thankfully he was able to save them. I'll start off with material from various Boeing 747 proposals and the first being a March, 1968 "Model 747-3 Three Engine Aircraft for U.S. Domestic Service". Clearly written as a study and reaching out to the airlines for their input, the objectives stated on the first page are:
"We are studying, The Boeing 747-3, a 3 engine companion to the 747
The objective is to determine characteristics of an aircraft having:
- Common JT9D Engines
- Common System
- Common Interiors, Cargo and Baggage
- Common Maintenance, Training and Spares which potentially can provide attendant cost reduction and profit potential"
Enjoy the Day! Mark
I'd understood that the 747SP was primarily a strategic move to block DC-10-30 and especially the L1011-500 purchases by 747 operators so it might not have needed to show a respectable ROI to be considered a success. Even if Boeing lost money on it, it probably was a significant factor in Lockheed's exit from the market and dimmed Douglas' prospects.carsinamerica said:This from Flight International, 4 November 1978, p. 1642: "Welch admits that 747SP sales have been disappointing, but he describes the variant as "a firm member of the family." Six more SPs out of 29
ordered by seven customers remain to be delivered, and TWA has just ordered three. In presenting the 747 Boeing emphasises that the range of the 20OB is almost as good as that of the SP (could it be the stretched SP that SP customers are now asking for?)."
in Le Fana 2/2019,there is an article about Boeing-747 and its development,they
mention that there was a LX-HLS Program,what was it ?.
Hood said:A typo is still a typo no matter how many times it appears.
A mistake is still a mistake no matter how many times it appears.
I really remember seeing that same big plane on the Flightglobal archive before, but I never saw the picture of what the plane looks like on the inside. I think it looks to be at least 16 abreast to as much as 20 abreast. So do you have any idea what that plane is called? If not, maybe you could give it your own name.Boeing New Large Airplane (NLA).