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747s Don’t Build Themselves– This How Boeing Builds The World’s Longest Airliner

Boeing’s 747-8 Requires More Space, More Power, More Materials- More of Just About Everything You Can Think Of

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When Boeing Commercial Airplanes builds a 747-8I or 747-8F wide-body airliner the massive scale of the process is a mystery to most casual observers. The sheer size of the aircraft means that processes and procedures used to build smaller aircraft simply will not work. This documentary, produced by the National Geographic Channel, provides details about not only the process of building these massive airliners but also the engineering, testing, and history of the 747. Thanks to YouTubers Documentary Nation for uploading it.

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The 747-8 was officially announced in 2005. It is the third generation of the 747 series and has a lengthened fuselage, redesigned wings, and improved overall efficiency. The 747-8 is also the largest version of the 747 and the largest commercial aircraft built in the United States.

The 747-8 is the longest passenger aircraft in the world. Built in both passenger (747-8I) and freighter (747-8F) models, the 747-8F was the first model to fly in 2010 and the first delivered in 2011. The passenger version of the aircraft first flew in 2011 and was first delivered in 2012. There are about 150 of these massive airliners on order.

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Written by Bill Walton

Bill Walton

Bill Walton is a life-long aviation enthusiast and expert in aircraft recognition. As a teenager Bill helped his engineer father build an award-winning T-18 homebuilt airplane in their Wisconsin basement. Bill is a freelance writer, an avid sailor, engineer, announcer, husband, father, uncle, mentor, coach, and Navy veteran. Bill lives north of Houston TX with his wife and son under the approach path to KDWH runway 17R, which means they get to look up at a lot of airplanes. A very good thing.

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