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The Boeing 747-200F freighter is the all-cargo transport variant of the Boeing 747 family of aircraft. While using the updated systems and wing design of the passenger versions, it features the original short upper deck found on the classic 747s in order to save weight. Boeing has stated that there are about 300 747 freighters in operational service, carrying about half of the world’s freighter air cargo. The 747 family of freighters make up two thirds of the world’s wide-body freighter fleet.
The model’s first flight was on May 4, 1993, and it entered service with Cargolux on November 17, 1993. Major customers included Atlas Air, Cargolux, China Airlines, Korean Air, Nippon Cargo Airlines, Polar Air Cargo, and Singapore Airlines. The −747-200F can be easily distinguished from the passenger −747-200F by its shorter upper-deck hump and lack of windows along the main deck.
Specifications of the B747-200F
The 747-200F has a main deck nose door and a mechanized cargo handling system. The nose door swings up so that pallets or containers up to 40 ft (12 m) can be loaded straight in on motor-driven rollers. An optional main deck side cargo door (like the 747-200FM (Combi)) allows loading of dimensionally taller cargo modules. A lower deck (“belly”) side door allows loading of unit load devices (ULD) up to 163 cm in height. Boeing delivered 126 Boeing 747-200F aircraft with no unfilled orders as of November 2009. The last −400F was delivered to Nippon Cargo Airlines on August 2, 2008.
The 747-200F is equipped with a two-crew glass cockpit, which dispenses with the need for a flight engineer, along with more fuel-efficient engines, an optional fuel tank in the horizontal stabilizer, and revised fuselage/wing fairings. The aircraft also features an all-new interior with upgraded in-flight entertainment architecture.
The Boeing 747-200F is a cargo-carrying model of the iconic Boeing 747 – affectionately known as the “jumbo jet” – launched in the early 1970s. The “F” stands for “freight”, as the jet was specifically designed as a cargo plane with long-distance capabilities. The Boeing 747-200F is closely related to the Boeing 747-200B (for passengers), the 747-200C (convertible), and the 747-200M (combi).
A little History on the Boeing 747-200F
The hump-backed Boeing 747 is one of the most famous passenger jets of all time, known as the “jumbo jet” or “queen of the skies”. The plane was developed by plane manufacturing giant Boeing in the mid twentieth century, and has been extensively used by NASA and the US military, as well as the military of numerous other countries.
The Boeing 747-200 was specially designed to increase the range of previous models. While the 747-100, powered by Pratt & Whitney JT9D-3A engines, offered enough payload and range for domestic operations, the improved 747-200 featured more powerful engines as well as greater range and MTOW. The 747-200F was the cargo version of the model, specially designed for bearing heavy and bulky freight over long distances. The 747-200 was also manufactured in passenger (-200B), combi (-200M) and convertible (-200C) versions. The 747-200F, which had a capacity of 105 tons (95.3 tonnes), first entered service in 1972 with Lufthansa.
In 1985, the Reagan Administration ordered two identical 747s to replace the White House’s Boeing 707s, which had served as Air Force One since 1962. Interior design was by First Lady Nancy Reagan, who took inspiration from the American Southwest. The aircraft, designated VC-25A, were finally delivered in 1990, during the administration of George H. W. Bush.
Under 400 Boeing 747-200s were made between 1969 and 1991, when the aircraft was replaced by the 747-300.
What does a Boeing 747-200f cost
Today, the newest model of the 747, the 747-8, is on sale from Boeing for $386.8 million US. But if you are interested in buying a second hand 747-200, prices vary widely. Last year, the Qatari royal family put their 474-200 on sale for $22 million. However, a similar plane was sold for scrap in the USA last year for a figure believed to be around $2 million.