Airlife's Airliners Vol. 3:- Boeing 747-400
|INSIDE:||Over 175 photographs, most in colour|
The Boeing 747-400 is the latest development of the most remarkable aircraft in modern commercial history: the original 'Jumbo Jet', which allowed a quantum leap forward in terms of passenger numbers carried over intercontinental distances.
From the first the 747 was an aircraft that could only be described in superlatives: it was bigger, flew farther and carried more passengers than any other commercial aircraft. But bythe mid-1980s, despite a series of updates and model changes since its inception, the aircraft was beginning to show its age, and new orders had fallen to an all-time low. After considering the issues and the views of major carriers, Boeing decided to go for a complete nose-to-tail revision of the basic 747 design. The resulting 747-400 is not only a spectacular engineering achievement, but it seems to manage the almost impossible task of giving the majority of airlines virtually everything they wanted from an improved 747. Sales of the 747-400 show that its increased range, improved capacity, new-generation technology and cost savings have had a huge effect on sales which now seem secure well into the next century. Peter Gilchrist's description of how Boeing achieved the 747-400 is notable for the clear and informative writing style that renders even the most difficult technical subjects intelligible for the layman.
The book covers in full the design parameters, technical specification, engine choice, customer use, attrition and production of this fine aircraft.