Flying with a hole in a 747

Here is a very interesting story about flying with a big hole in a Boeing 747 fuselage–on purpose.

4 Comments on “Flying with a hole in a 747

  1. Sofia has had more delays than A380, B787 and A400m together 🙁

    Last time I had direct contact to the backend group
    from MPIfR in summer 2008 first flights with active instruments were planned for the first half of 2009.

    Some of the backend tech can be scrapped and replaced by newer tech now.

  2. isn’t this one of the options for the VIP 748’s?

    Nice skylight. Imagine renewing your subscription to the mile high club there (provided they install a window)

    • exchange window for oxygen mask 😉

      It would be quite interesting to experience how well the
      aerodynamic shielding works inside the instrument cavity.
      ( The instrument is isolated from the airframe in a rather
      complex “active” bearing.)

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