posted on Apr, 11 2005 @ 12:08 PM
Originally posted by waynos
Also the aircraft was designed the old fashioned way with draughtsmen and drawing boards. I'm saying not there's anything wrong with this but
aircraft design has come a long way in the last 30 odd years and modern CAD procedures mean that the design of the A380 (as with the 787 or any other
new type) is as efficient as current knowledge can possibly make it.
Applying CAD techniques to 747 upgrades is basically tinkering with and refining the existing form. Naturally this will yield less spectacular
results than designing a completely new aircraft from scratch, (for a parallel it is like the difference between designing the F/A-22 or simply
upgrading the F-15, think about that - the 747 is older than the F-15 but the A380 is newer than the F/A-22 - see how far design technology has
You also raised a point about the engines, what was it, the 747A will have better engines?
Yes, we could simply say that the Boeing 747 was just perfect since the first rolled out to the runway. But the 747 division of the Boeing factory is
the most advanced among all others, even if the 787 is being engineered with computer technology. And we shouldn't forget that a 747 has 4million
parts from all around the World, and they aren't handmade at all.
But all this is simply manufacturing process, and a Boeing is leaving the factory every 8 days. That is a rather good quota, I guess.
So, how will Airbus make hundreds of planes while rolling around the A380 parts through avenues and streets of large cities? I really mean, how?!
I've seen on TV , and I was really amazed, how it is done. Anything goes wrong in the shipping, anything, and the Airbus will loose huge money.
While Boeing has all the access to sea, railways, highways and the air. The Airbus factory is yet very far from this, and perhaps in the longterm
future they will get somewhere.
So what will the investors say? "If you don't build me an A380 until the desired date, I am gonna buy a Boeing 747!", Well, that's about it. And I
have a feeling that at the Boeing they know some stuff very well, because they are not stressed at all. They will make a 747 every six weeks (that's
the manufacturing time right now), while Airbus will NOT be near this quota at all. Well, this is a very important issue, and concerns a lot of