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Boeing 747-200 - Manston - December 2010

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Ramsgatonian

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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.

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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!

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

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

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

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Above and below - the upper deck first class cabin.

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The aft galley, with all the appliances still intact!

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Each wing of a 747 weighs around 40 tons.

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

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There are roughly 400 switches in this cockpit.

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A 747 has roughly 170 miles of wiring

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

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Facts from the Boeing website.

Thanks for looking.
 
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wow that's amazing although I must admit I would have inatantly turned 5 again and been in the cockpit trying to fly itwith full sound affects!!!!!
 

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What does that say about airport security? :p great shots, amazing to think urban exploring could take you to the cockpit of a 747

Good point - considering this was my first EVER Urbex outing, with a couple of mates (as apposed to a gutted shop or garage, as you might expect)! For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in all aspects of UE, ever since learning of the railway tunnel and connecting ARP shelter under Ramsgate. I was drawn to this site first by my life-long fascination with aviation. I was (and still am) not some elite UE ninja and yet I managed to wander onto airport property, up to a jumbo jet and climb up into it unhindered! This is a memory I will always treasure, and it cost me nothing - that's why I will always love UE.
 

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Not asking for "way in"!

This combines two of my passions. Urbex and aircraft.

I just wondered how you got into the aircraft. Was there an air bridge or steps or was it something more adventurous?

Great pictures, very haunting to see such a powerful machine sitting in silence after travelling the globe moving tens of thousands of people to their destinations.

Thank you for putting these pictures up.
 

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