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Abandoned Project

Boeing BOAC 747-600

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A long time ago on a modelling forum far, far away I started a project I am determined to finish and due to me having trouble posting pictures on said forum I decided to bring this project across to where all my other crazy ideas (they just might work!) are.
so to begin the 747-600 if built would have been the longest 747 ever at 279 feet long with a wingspan of 250 feet. This means stretching the fuselage by 100mm with a 40/22/38mm split and the wings by 48mm each.
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As you can see I have elected to keep the stretch to a minimum by removing as little as possible from the SUD and upper section while still achieving the same stretch as the first time below
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A long time ago I decided to build a 747-700 as well but I must admit (defeat) that I have come to my senses as that is not going to happen (unfortunately). But i am now building a (poss. Thai Air) 747-8i and a Cargolux 747-8F to go with my old school Thai Air 747-400 and Gulf Air 747-600.

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What about turning into a twin 747 - ala HE-111 Zwilling - and using it as a space vehicle launcher?

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Boeing never developed a twin body 747 but this did become a 1/20th scale model at the 1996 Farnborough airshow and go for wind tunnel testing. this is more a what might have been than complete what if. anyway while this didn't see full scale it was just one of many design studies that slowly morphed into the 747-8. 

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You certainly have given yourself a challenge, some good cutting going on here :popcorn:

I like the idea of this, and a Gulf Air livery should set it off beautifully 

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finally got the fuselage into one piece! :yahoo:

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here is a birds-eye-view to show the length

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when finished it (got to be PC and gender neutral ;)) will be 590mm long with a 535mm wingspan compared to the standard 490mm by 446mm of the 747-400, then all i have to do is build a display cabinet for it and the rest of my 747 collection to reside in.

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that's one big bitch of a Boeing - wouldn't it be great if they really existed to shame those big ugly double decker buses from Toulouse that have  infested and over complicated our international airports

 

sorry - I am a very big Boeing snob

 

keep calm and Boeing on 

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Ah, the A380. 10 years old and already being mothballed and sold on to charter companies while the 747-200 is still in use. I think the writing is on the wall. 

I'm a little bit of a Boeing snob myself. Essentially the 747 and the A380 fulfil different business models and airlines seem to be favouring the point to point model over the hub and spoke. Boeing 1 - 0 Airbus 😉

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In a moment of fickleness have decided to change to this

https://community.infiniteflight.com/t/ba-reveals-boac-747-400-retrojet-for-centenary-celebrations/289026

wadda ya think?

Have had to update the link with the good news from BA. Not such a whif now. 

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Alittle bit of a backstory  (something I never had for the Gulf Air 746).

At the Farnborough Airshow in 1996 Boeing displayed the scale models of the 747-500 and 747-600 in the hope for some orders. Although there was plenty of interest, none of the big airlines would place an order until the sales team found a MoU from 1973 from BOAC when a similar size stretch was offered. The memo stated that when suitable engines were available an order would be placed. BA said that they were not in a position to honour the agreement from 1973 but after several weeks of talks between Boeing's and BA's legal teams a deal was struck. This gave all the momentum needed for Boeing to fill the order books with just enough orders to get the project going. As the construction progressed, the price tag grew and potential buyers pulled out including BA. At this point Boeing approached the UK government  and pushed for BA to be forced to honour the deal. What happened next nobody is quite sure how or why it happened, but it did. The UK government decided to take on the project and pay for Boeing to finish the world's only 747-600 in the colours of the company that originally ordered it, BOAC. It was finished in August 1998, was certified in February 1999 and flew under BA's control til 2001 when it took up residence at Duxford.

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Love the old speedbird colour scheme.

It always amazes me how 400 odd tons of 747 can just leap into the air.

(And that's after nearly 40 years on military aircraft)

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