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World’s biggest airplane takes flight for the first time ever

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posted on Apr, 13 2019 @ 04:53 PM
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a reply to: Bigburgh

Probably the reason Orbital chose the ten-eleven as a launch aircraft instead of any number of other older (cheaper-) commercial designs still in use (cheaper still) was the ten-eleven has twin keel beams off centerline. They didn't have to hack a keel beam and try to redesign/reinforce the entire center fuselage.

They had started with a pylon arrangement on the B-52 (similar to Virgin's solution), but the farther off CoG the payload, the more limited your carriage is. A centerline arrangement gives the maximum load carriage and provides the best growth potential.




posted on Apr, 13 2019 @ 04:56 PM
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a reply to: Bigburgh

The left fuselage is supposed to be unpressurized and hold the launch systems. It might have some ballast in it, but they haven't said.



posted on Apr, 13 2019 @ 04:58 PM
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Probably the reason Orbital chose the ten-eleven as a launch aircraft instead of any number of other older (cheaper-) commercial designs still in use (cheaper still) was the ten-eleven has twin keel beams off centerline


Yes Orbital carries from the bottom.. but that would limit the size payload. Figured a 757 would be high enough..
But I'm no engineer lol..



posted on Apr, 13 2019 @ 04:59 PM
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Ok I'm off to the airport..
Be back in a bit



posted on Apr, 13 2019 @ 05:23 PM
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a reply to: Bigburgh

747-400 probably sits 6-10 feet depending on load. I'm guessing they'd have to jack it anyway like Orbital does to their ten-eleven. In addition to the keel, you've got the gear just behind the wingbox. Ten-eleven has its mains outboard. Between the keel and the gear location, probably rules out belly carriage on a B747. At least not without some serious engineering work ($).



posted on Apr, 13 2019 @ 06:58 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

It's got to take time for the pilots to get used to flying that far off the center axis. I'd imagine that its like a student learning to keep it on the centerline while taxiing, but on a major dose of steroids.



posted on Apr, 13 2019 @ 09:59 PM
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Thanks for that info


Like I said.. I'm no engineer. But I'm back from the airport and got up close a personal with British Airways 787 Dreamliner.


Ohhh.. good point, my head and this front landing gear com panal are 6 feet.


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posted on Apr, 13 2019 @ 10:38 PM
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a reply to: Bigburgh

Wheel well lights are such BS. They'll never know the joy of fumbling around in the dark, trying to hold a flashlight while using both hands to feel for where a pin goes.



posted on Apr, 13 2019 @ 11:23 PM
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Go onnnnn

So glad I'm retired and have perks now...
Nothing worse than the tones dropping at 3am after 30 mins into rem and.... well. I've been known to plug into a tire.

Edit... ok actually it was a rivet missing a rivet and I'm not ashamed.. embarrassing yes. Actually happened 😧🤐
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posted on Apr, 13 2019 @ 11:41 PM
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Still doesn't come close to the guy that caused a DC-8 to fly from Hickam to Travis on three engines, and barely be able to make that, because he didn't want to wait to plug the intercom in and shelled out #3 with the comm cord.



posted on Apr, 13 2019 @ 11:53 PM
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😆😆😆😆😆

Laughing to hard.. logging off. Eventful day.
YOU GOT MAIL..👍🤗

Sh!t happens...
True story ...


Flightradar24 covered it..

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