May 302012

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This 747 is sitting in a boneyard in Mojave, CA waiting to be dismantled and recycled at the end of its useful life. On May 23rd, 2012 the area experienced extreme winds of 70+ miles per hour and reports of gusts up to 100 near the pass due to a low pressure zone. Without the weight of its engines and with its landing flaps deployed, the slightly tail heavy 747 tries to take to the skies one last time. The next day the plane was found to have also rotated about 45 degrees from its original position.

 Posted by at 12:44 pm
  • Anonymous

    The good old girl knew where she was supposed to be but just couldn’t get there.

    It’d be one hell of a kite string, though.

  • Mr Gridlock

    Still got her depleted uranium in the tail then..

  • Publiusr
  • TTe

    Interesting that the plane just pivoting around the main gears not lifted up the whole body. Yeah CG is shifted but it looked more like a force pressing the tail down than lifting up the wings. How much speed and distance 747 need to lift from runway when the tail planes are in level?