Originally posted by Harlequin
they don`t make 74`s anymore - the last passenger 747-400 was made in 2005 and the very final 747-400ERF was made for loadair on april 2009 - sadly
loadair might not even take delivery of it as the company is in trouble.
I am afraid you are wrong, they still put the 747s together there, as well as other planes:
Payne Field 747 plant
Mainly, because it's the only building in the world large enough to handle the suckers. They haven't built anything like it elsewhere to my
Anyway, in the debate about Boeing vs. Airbus, from a passenger standpoint, I'll take Boeing over Airbus any day in terms of comfort, seating
arrangements, ect. I find Airbus jets to be uncomfortable, cramped, and not much fun to fly in. That's just my own experience, my own person view.
However, from a design/performance standpoint and safety record, Boeing and Airbus are very similar, and I've heard great things from pilots about
both jets. There are Airbus models that are considered superior to their Boeing counterparts, and vice versa, so in the area of performance,
reliability, safety, ect, they are both pretty even.
So personally, I do not believe that the fact that the plane was an Airbus contributed to the crash, since Airbuses are as well made as Boeings.
Remember, the plane that landed on the Hudson was an Airbus, and went down due to circumstances beyond pilot control, but the pilot was still able to
handle it, and the plane held up well (even sunk in one piece, I believe, that is very good craftsmanship).
Right now, there seem to be conflicting reports and confusion, but very little in solid evidence. We have conflicting reports of the weather from
different pilots, have claims of a possible positive lightning strike, yet other evidence of bad weather/massive thunderstorms in the area, reports of
bomb threats, and not alot of data coming from good sources.
Right now, I think anything is possible. The main thing is waiting for the black box, and maybe some usable pieces of wreckage to figure out what
happened. I do hope this investigation is done with alot more transparancy than was done in other mysterious crashes, otherwise, we will be left with
fuel for many conspiracies.