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Frontiers November 2013 Issue

1960s is an icon of aviation, one of the most recognized and photographed of all commercial jets, beloved by generations of passengers for its beauty and majesty in the sky and for the flying experience it provides. Born of the 747, the Large Cargo Freighter also turns heads—for its sheer size and unusual appearance. The highly modified, secondhand 747-400 passenger plane can haul more cargo by volume than any airplane in the world. The first one made its first flight in 2006 and was certified to return to service in 2007 to support final assembly of the first Dreamliners. A total of four were built. Although beauty may be in the eyes of the beholder, few would probably call the Large Cargo Freighter beautiful, regardless of its 747 lineage. But it is certainly impressive. The upper deck of its massive cargo bay has a volume of 65,000 cubic feet (1,840 cubic meters). That’s more than three times the cargo (Continued on Page 31) BOEING FRONTIERS / NOVEMBER 2013 27


Frontiers November 2013 Issue
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