posted on Mar, 14 2017 @ 06:59 PM
a reply to: TonyS
If it was a four engined MDC jet then it was a DC-8. Having engines fail has little if anything to do with who designs the airframe and everything to
do with who manufactures the engines, how they are maintained and what the specific operating conditions were. Additionally early model jets like the
DC-8/B707 had engines that by today's standards were crude and unreliable, therefore they frequently failed in flight. I know many an old engineer
who's mortgage was handsomely paid from overtime money earned on unscheduled overseas engine changes, and those were almost all B707 and early model
P&W JT-9 powered B747. In fact the early JT-9's were so notoriously unreliable that Boeing made provision on the inboard left wing of the B747 to
carry a spare engine to be uplifted when another aircraft required one to be flown and the stranded passengers picked up. This practice was continued
on later models right up to the 400 series for P&W 4000, RB211 and CF-6 powered aircraft. And speaking of engine failures, what about the famous
"Speedbird 9" incident in 1982 when a BA 747-200 lost all engines after flying into a volcanic ash cloud? Using your logic shouldn't you and your
father have also avoided Boeing's as well?
Since that time and to this day, my Father, (and I as well), will only fly on Boeing aircraft, with the exception that of late we've been
forced to fly on Airbus, which, frankly, in terms of quality, reminds me a lot of MD.
It NEVER ceases to amaze me how people still quote this Boeing marketing Dept mantra crap of "If its not Boeing I'm not going!". There is no logic to
this thinking other than as a clever marketing exercise that has sunk as deeply into the public consciousness as "Pratt & Whitney, dependable
engines", or "Coke adds life", neither of which is necessarily true. And when you say that when forced to fly Airbus the quality reminds you of MDC,
what do you mean? If you look at accident and inflight incident statistics Boeing/Airbus are about about the same in revenue passenger miles. Frankly
I think most Airbus airliner interiors have left Boeing for dead in terms of look and feel (same goes for their cockpits) until Boeing was finally
forced to concede first with the 737NG Boeing sky interior and later the 787 that its cabins were a bit dated. That's putting it mildly, personally I
think the 747-400 now looks like a junkies suicide chamber, dingy and awful.