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  • Inside the 747-8F
    Posted by Guy Norris 10:53 PM on Feb 10, 2010

    While RC501 was up on its first flight during the afternoon of Feb 8, Boeing opened up RC521 – the second 747-8F – for a close inspection. Here’s a photo tour to show you what we saw.


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    Heading up to the left side main entry door 1, the freighter’s only passenger door (all photos Guy Norris) 

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    Looking aft – viewing the revised contouring of the wing root fairing and inboard wing cross-section.



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    Water ballast barrels in the Section 41 nose section for center of gravity testing. We counted 33 in all for the whole aircraft, each of which holding around 1,000-lbs.



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    Between the ballast barrels around 16 racks of test equipment and engineer’s test stations occupy the bulk of the main deck.



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    The reel mechanism for deploying and stowing the trailing static cone sits on the main deck just forward of the aft pressure bulkhead.



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    Nippon Cargo will eventually be the operator of RC521 – as already painted on the inside of the main deck cargo door.



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    The raked tip as viewed from the cargo door.

     


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    The GEnx-2B67 – the world’s first production turbofan to feature noise reducing chevrons on both the fan and jet ducts - something that was not sufficiently mature at the time to be used on even the 787.



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    RC522, the third test aircraft and – as yet – unpainted, makes for a dramatic sight as it is towed down the flight line to occupy the stall just vacated by RC501.

    Tags: tw99, Boeing, 747-8F, RC501, RC521

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