Reply to post: Re: A venerable workhorse

Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

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Re: A venerable workhorse

It used to be known as ETOPS - Extended Twin OPerationS.

Until someone realised the self-loading cargo might get a bit worried when they realised that one engine failing might make your average 4-engind bird slow down a bit but you would still have some spare capacity in case another stopped, whereas one engine failing might make your 2-engined aeroplane very, very vulnerable to becoming a very expensive glider...

Of course there were cases of 4-engined aircraft losing all 4 engines - the most famous being the BA 747 being flown by Capt Ron Moody through a cloud of volcanic ash - but there are very few.

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