Sun, Apr 01, 2007
Double Trouble For The A380 Program?
ANN 04.01.07 SPECIAL
EDITION: "Sick and tired of all the hype... that's what we
are," says an anonymous Boeing spokesmen just prior to the surprise
roll-out of the doubly fascinating new Boeing 747-38.
Boeing sources agree that the inspiration for the new design
were rooted in a few documents left over from past Boeing Boss Phil
Condit -- who became enamored of a concept he read about seven
years ago... on ANN!
"Phil never quite got over the idea
of a new Boeing that basically used the same parts we've been
building all along... the adaptation of two fuselages to a 747
derivative airframe gave him the inspiration for what he gleefully
called 'Boeing's P-38.' And after all the hype over the A380 got
under everyone's skin, we just couldn't pass up the chance to
one-up the Airbusters once and for all... I mean, they'll never do
a twin fuse A380... the wiring would keep them stumped for
The inaugural B747-38 is expected to start flight testing as
soon as Seattle finishes reinforcing the taxiway and runway for the
test flights which should feature initial takeoff weights of 1.3
million pounds. The first bird is also a 'combi' configuration in
which one side is configured to carry passengers and the other
strictly for freight and those passengers too cheap to pay the
extra $25 to check a bag. The airframe features dual, fully
functional cockpits, and allows crew duty restrictions to be
side-stepped by simply switching flying chores from one cockpit to
the other when a crew's rest time comes due.
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