DomW

DomW

Lives in United Kingdom Essex, United Kingdom
Works as a Aviation
Has a website at www.dominicwilsonphoto.co.uk
Joined on Jun 20, 2012
About me:

Urban & Street Photographer from Essex, England.

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On Inside RA001: World's first Boeing 747 'Jumbo Jet' article (127 comments in total)
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Chuck Lantz: I noticed a couple of interesting bits; ... an ashtray at the engineers station, and a panel where "gauge" is spelled "guage." Kinda makes me wonder what else they got wrong in all those goodies.

On a side note, aircraft produced today are still fitted with ash trays, both in the flight deck and passenger cabin. Even though virtually all airlines have forbidden smoking, I think that most aviation authorities state that aircraft have to legally have them just in case anyone does 'light up' on board, despite the numerous placards and the no smoking lights!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 10:02 UTC
On Inside RA001: World's first Boeing 747 'Jumbo Jet' article (127 comments in total)
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DomW: As someone who is very passionate about and makes a living working on aircraft, these photos are a fascinating and rare insight into a significant piece of aviation history. Great work!

Sounds great Barney, i'm sure it would be well worth it if you get the opportunity to do one.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 09:58 UTC
On Inside RA001: World's first Boeing 747 'Jumbo Jet' article (127 comments in total)
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Don Colbert: I've sat in that flightdeck with the old three man crew hundreds of times during my troubleshooting career at Boeing. Now it's all glass and the P4 to the right is gone.

There aren't that many touch screens in modern flight decks. However, I don't know how true that is in 3 of the latest commercial airliners.

Lots and lots of LCD displays , but the only touchscreens I can think of for most modern airliners are for the Electronic Flight Bags, which are devices which have replaced heavy paper manuals and flying charts. I know that a trackball system controls some of the computers on the A380, but I don't know if the screens that trackball controls have a touch screen functionality. I don't know about the 787 or A350 either.

We carry disposable avionic display wipes though to clean any dirt off the LCD displays in the flight deck, including the EFB screens which are a magnet for fingerprints!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 09:56 UTC
On Inside RA001: World's first Boeing 747 'Jumbo Jet' article (127 comments in total)
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Scales USA: I worked at Boeing right across from Boeing Field when the first 747 came in, and got to see it frequently and go thru it extensively.

Then, many years later, RA001 was fired up again with a 777 engine replacing one of the regular engines to verify that there were no issues in real world flight, and to find them before the first 777 flight. That test had been demanded by Boeing and resisted by the engine maker who thought enough testing had been done. It turned out to be a good thing, because the engine surged on takeoff, which means it made a huge backfire, something completely unacceptable. The issue was determined, the engine beefed up around the fan, and the problem was fixed in time.

One goal was to have the 777 certified for ETOPS, which meant long trips over water far from land. With only two engines, they had to be ultra reliable, and went thru numerous torture tests.

Nice, never knew that RA001 was a test bed for the 777. Who was the engine manufacturer out of curiosity? GE, RR or PW?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 09:44 UTC
On Inside RA001: World's first Boeing 747 'Jumbo Jet' article (127 comments in total)

As someone who is very passionate about and makes a living working on aircraft, these photos are a fascinating and rare insight into a significant piece of aviation history. Great work!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 15:03 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
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