Here are the answers to last Friday’s video, enjoy!
Suggested ICAO level for video: 5+
- They attached a fifth engine to the wing of a Boeing 747 to transport it to South Africa where it was needed by another 747.
- There are different procedures with the weight, balance and takeoff performance of the plane and some limits with the maximum takeoff weight.
- They put 6 tonnes less fuel in the tank on the side with the extra engine to compensate, so in effect, the aircraft doesn’t know that it’s carrying an extra engine.
- It increases the drag created by the plane.
- They schedule a technical stop for fuel in Perth, before the plane continues its journey to South Africa.
- No, the last time it happened was in 2011 and it’s usually not necessary due to the efficiency of the engines.