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    Arrow Boeing 747-200 - Manston - December 2010


    I found some old photos on my computer which I never got round to uploading here, from my very first exploration, two years ago!

    This aircraft has been slowly deteriorating in this spot for a few years now, curiously still retaining all of her very valuable parts. Her first flight was on the 14th January 1982 at Boeing field, before she saw service with Kuwait Airways for 25 years. After modernizing their fleet, the aircraft was bought by Trans Atlantic Aviation and flown to Manston for dismantling. She has since seen no form of salvage, and has just been left there. Trans Atlantic was most likely a failed start up (as this is the only aircraft to their name) and lacked the funds to pay for salvage of the aircraft... Luckily for us, she has survived the scrapyard for quite some time now - although I think her days may finally be numbered.

    I always find it sad to see such magnificent machines like this, waiting for their death warrants to be signed - or even more sad, the aircraft parked behind this one which have parts missing, like a bird with her wings clipped...

    Excuse the photographs, (this was before I owned a DSLR) they were taken over two visits.





    You never realise the sheer size of a 747 until you are up close - wondering how all 328 tons of it gets off the ground!



    ...With the immense thrust of four Pratt and Whitney jet engines, of course!



    The 747 has 16 main landing gear tires and two nose landing gear tires.





    The business class cabin, in the nose of the aircraft.







    Above and below - the upper deck first class cabin.







    The aft galley, with all the appliances still intact!





    Each wing of a 747 weighs around 40 tons.





    Cockpits looked a lot better when they still had analog instruments. These days, everything is on LCD screens!



    There are roughly 400 switches in this cockpit.







    A 747 has roughly 170 miles of wiring



    The 747 fleet has logged more than 42 billion nautical miles, equivalent to 101,500 trips from the Earth to the moon and back.





    Facts from the Boeing website.

    Thanks for looking.
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    Oh wow, that's just awesome. Am very jealous now :)
    Why go through a door when there's a perfectly good window?
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    lookin good

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    Ace photos.

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    amazing pics

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    this is simply amazing.
    Those who destroy what's been left behind, are those ignorant enough to believe that history only belongs in museums and books.

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    It's been clamped and no one can afford the 250 release fee maybe that's why it hasn't moved in a while:





    Good explore.:)
    On a mission.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exploretime View Post
    It's been clamped and no one can afford the 250 release fee maybe that's why it hasn't moved in a while:



    Good explore.:)
    A Sledgehammer ought to sort that!

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    http://www.silentuk.com/?p=3446

    Silent UK has some incredible night shots from a few of the aircraft stored at Manston (including this one).
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