Mon, 11th October 2010, 4:12pm - updated - Mon, 22nd November 2010, 10:24am
A Boeing 747 can land with one engine.
Wed, 27th October 2010, 4:17pm - updated - Mon, 1st November 2010, 12:36pm
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Sun, 12th December 2010, 6:49pm - updated - Sun, 12th December 2010, 7:15pm
A Boeing 747 can, in fact, land with one engine operating, and even more remarkably, it can land with no engines operating!! If it has sufficient altitude when all engines fail, it can make the runway but some very skillful flying is necessaryto do so. Modern jets have a similar glide ratio (distance horizontally for a given altitude) to many gliders/sailplanes.
The rule of thumb is "thousands of feet X 4 expressed as miles = the gliding distance available". Therefore, from 40,000 feet (about 13 Kms) it can glide 40 X 4 = 160 nautical miles. That's in still air, more with a tailwind and less with a headwind.
When too much power is nearly enough
Mon, 13th December 2010, 4:08pm
Quote from Corsair’s comment on Sun, 12th December 2010, 6:52pm:
Useless addition to a series of useless facts!!
It might not be useless if you are a passenger on the aircraft. Then again if you are a passenger there is nothing you can do about it anyway!
Useless reply to a useless fact.
RC Model Aircraft are my therapy. If I crash and burn I only have myself to blame.
Wed, 15th December 2010, 10:10am
Quote from Bernard Hemingway’s comment on Wed, 1st December 2010, 2:58pm:Quote from bobby s schull’s comment on Fri, 12th November 2010, 4:06pm:
Did you know that a red car can be seen in the background of the Chariot race in Ben Hur!!
A yellow car would really have stood out as it is the safest colour for a car.
If it had been green would that have made it any better?
Sat, 18th December 2010, 8:34pm
In the story Little Red Riding Hood. When the Big Bad wolf first comes across Little red riding hood on her way to Grandma's, races ahead eats grandma, puts on her clothes and goes threw the whole What big eyes etc, why didn't he just eat her in the first place and save all the drama