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Boeing 747-400F  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1993
Total Production: ?
Unitary Cost: USD$200 million
Also Known As: Boeing 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter, Boeing 747-400BCF, Boeing 747-400LCF, Boeing 747-400SF and Dreamlifter
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Boeing
Parent System: Boeing 747
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1970
Total Production: 1,700
Total Cost: USD$240 billion
Family Members: Boeing 747-300, Boeing 747-400, Boeing 747-400ER, Boeing 747-400ERF, Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental and Boeing 747-8F
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Description: The Boeing 747 is a huge, short and long range, high capacity airliner intended primarily for intercontinental flights. This aircraft is capable of flying at Mach 0.85 carrying around 500 passengers. The first model, 747-100 ordered by Pan Am, entered service in 1970 with a take-off weight of 340-ton. Along with the -100 model, the 747-100B, -100SR for short range/high-capacity flights and -100SF freighter were introduced in 1970.

The Boeing 747-400 is the only 747 model in production incorporating major aerodynamic improvements over earlier models such as winglets to reduce drag. Along with major aerodynamic improvements, the 747-400 introduces new digital avionics, lightweight aluminum alloys, a new flight deck and entertainment systems. It is externally similar to 747-300 model.

The four-engine 747-400 can be powered alternatively by Pratt & Whitney PW4062, Rolls Royce RB211-524 or General Electric CF6-80C2 engines rated approximately at 60,000 pounds each. More than 240,000 pounds of thrust enable the 747-400 to travel at Mach 0.85 while performing intercontinental flights.

The Boeing 747-400F Freighter has a main deck nose door and a mechanized cargo handling system. An optional side cargo door allows loading of dimensional taller cargo modules. This all-cargo aircraft can transport up to 30 pallets or up to 32 containers. The first -400F model was delivered to Cargolux in 1993.

The Boeing 747-400SF are 747-400 passenger airplanes converted to the cargo role through the addition of a side cargo door, a strengthened main-cabin floor, a full main-deck lining and provisions for a new cargo handling system with an upgraded flight deck. The 747-400SF conversion program was launched in 2004. Japan Airlines (JAL) 747 passenger aircraft modification will commence in December 2005 and the first aircraft as -400SF will be delivered back in May 2006.

In September 2005 the Boeing Special Freighter program, which turns B747-400 passenger aircraft into cargo aircraft, was renamed the Boeing Converted Freighter. The program was started in October 2003 with Cathay Pacific Airways as launch customer for the Boeing 747-400BCF. The first aircraft was expected to enter revenue service before the end of 2005.

The Boeing 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter (747-400LCF) is a specially modified 747-400 aircraft used by Boeing to transport major composite structures of the 787 Dreamliner. This special variant can accommodate three times the cargo by volume of a standard 747-400 freighter and will feature a swing tail to unload/load cargo from the back. Boeing carried out the LCF maiden flight on 9 September 2006 with the entry into service projected in early 2007. A fleet of three LCFs will ferry 787 assemblies between Japan, Italy and the United States of America.

Boeing 747-400F Applications

Combat Aircraft YAL-1A

Boeing 747-400F Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 4
Height: 19.4 meter
Length: 71 meter
Wingspan: 64 meter
Max Range: 8,230 kilometer (4,444 nautical mile)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 283 mps (1,019 kph)
Cargo: 122,945 kilogram (271,043 pound)
Empty Weight: 165 ton
Max Takeoff Thrust: 248,000 pound
Max Takeoff Weight: 397 ton (875,000 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Boeing 747-400F News

There are 20 news between
12 Nov 2004 and 21 Dec 2011
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011Boeing to Convert 747-400 to Freighter for Evergreen International Airlines
Friday, April 24, 2009Airborne Laser Team Begins Weapon System Flight Tests
Wednesday, April 22, 2009Air China Cargo Receives 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter
Monday, December 1, 2008Boeing Airborne Laser Team Fires High-Energy Laser Through Beam Control System
Tuesday, November 4, 2008Great Wall Becomes First Chinese Airline with EcoPower Service Agreement
Air China Cargo Orders Three Additional 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighters
Monday, September 15, 2008Singapore Airlines Cargo Selects Pratt & Whitney for Million Maintenance Contract
Monday, July 28, 2008Airborne Laser Team Begins Testing Laser with Chemical Fuel
Friday, July 25, 2008Boeing Delivers 747-400 Freighter to Cargolux
Thursday, May 29, 2008Nippon Cargo Airlines Takes Delivery of First CF6-80C2 Engine with New Upgrades

Operators & Related Equipment

Boeing Converted Freighters ordered by Air China Cargo (8); Cathay Pacific (4)
Aircraft ordered by Air France (3)
Aircraft ordered by Avion Aircraft Trading (4)
Aircraft ordered by Nippon Cargo Airlines (5); Japan Airlines (11)
Aircraft ordered by Cargolux (11)
Aircraft ordered by Martinair Cargo
Aircraft delivered to AirBridgeCargo leased from GECAS
Aircraft ordered by Singapore Airlines (6)
South Korea5
Aircraft ordered by Korean Air (5)
Aircraft ordered by China Airlines (19); EVA Air (3)
United States of America21
Aircraft ordered by Guggenheim Aviation Partners (6); Atlas Air (2); GECAS (5); UPS (8)

Grand Total 10012
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