THE PERFORMANCE AND ECONOMIC DESIGN ASPECTS OF THE 747 FAMILY OF AIRPLANES

The 747 airplane as selected by the major world airlines (26 airlines-approximately 150 airplanes) was designed to be used on primary routes. Attractive performance and earning capability represent the major factors that influenced the design. Continued penetration in a very broad market requires even greater concentration on improved performance and economics in any future versions. The wide spectrum of route lengths (domestic U.S., North Atlantic, and extreme long range-Polar and trans-Pacific), in addition to wide variation in payload (passenger and cargo), presents a real challenge to the designers. It appears that a family of 747's somewhat similar to the 707 family may be desirable for future development. A frank appraisal of the basic 747 and its early growth versions is presented. In addition, several design options aimed at improving and extending the uses of the 747 are examined. The effect that could be achieved relative to performance and economics for these design options is shown.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Boeing Company
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Technical Information Service, 750 Third Avenue
    New York, NY  USA  10017
  • Authors:
    • Glason, M L
  • Publication Date: 1968-10-21

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00073261
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: FLIGHT TRANSPORTATION LABORATORY, MIT DEPT. OF AERONAUTICS AND ASTRONAUTICS
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 68-1020
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 5 1974 12:00AM