By Mike Verier

Takes a behind-the-scenes examine the daily occasions at this army airfield.

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The added door allows main-deck combination, or 'Combi', loading: either all passengers, all cargo, or passengers and up to twelve pallets or containers. 4ml high can be carried forward of the cargo door, and containers 10ft (3ml high can be carried aft of the door if the normal passenger ceiling is removed, as in this photo. 560cu It 196 Economy seats at 34in (9 abreast) 212 Economy seats at 34in (10 abreast) a Thi situation only began to change in 1973-74 when the oil cri is caused world economic recession whi h aw a rapid downturn in passenger loads, e pecially on the transatlantic routes.

This aircraft first flew on 2 July 1970 and was delivered to Continental Air Lines on 13 July. It is currently operated by Tower Air. Boeing (Above) 747-243B G-VGIN Scarlet Lady of Virgin Atlantic, the 134th 747 built and which was first delivered to Alitalia (as I-DEMU Geo Chavez) on 7 May 1971. It has also served with National, Malaysian and CAA of China. Sgt Jack Pritchard RAF PR An SP and 747-300s for JAL under construction at Seattle in 1989. Author (Right)The wing assembly for a 747 is manoeuvred over the top of 42 section fuselage sub-assemblies at Seattle, 1989.

Also, the early engi nes used to power the 747 -1 OOs, wh ich grew ever heavier as modifications and increas d fuel loads were added to their gross weight, were just not powerful enough to deliver the thrust and take-off speed margins required by freight-carrying 747s fitted with nose and/or sid door. View looking forward of the rear cabin of a 747-100C, which has its ceiling removed. Conversion of 747-100s from passenger-carrying to cargo-carrying aircraft was carried out at the Boeing-Wichita Modification Responsibility Center in Kansas.

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