Dragon DRP47011 Braniff International Boeing 747-127 Jumbo Jet - "Flying Colors" [Cutaway Scheme] (1:144 Scale)
"Obsolete weapons do not deter."
- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
The Boeing 747 is a widebody commercial airliner and cargo transport, often referred to by its original nickname, Jumbo Jet, or Queen of the Skies. It is among the world's most recognizable aircraft, and was the first widebody ever produced. Manufactured by Boeing's Commercial Airplane unit in the United States, the original version of the 747 was two and a half times the size of the Boeing 707, one of the common large commercial aircraft of the 1960s. First flown commercially in 1970, the 747 held the passenger capacity record for 37 years.
The four-engine 747 uses a double deck configuration for part of its length. It is available in passenger, freighter and other versions. Boeing designed the 747's hump-like upper deck to serve as a first class lounge or (as is the general rule today) extra seating, and to allow the aircraft to be easily converted to a cargo carrier by removing seats and installing a front cargo door. Boeing did so because the company expected supersonic airliners (whose development was announced in the early 1960s) to render the 747 and other subsonic airliners obsolete, while believing that the demand for subsonic cargo aircraft would be robust into the future. The 747 in particular was expected to become obsolete after 400 were sold but it exceeded its critics' expectations with production passing the 1,000 mark in 1993. As of June 2010, 1,418 aircraft have been built, with 109 more in various configurations remaining on order.
The 747-400, the latest version in service, is among the fastest airliners in service with a high-subsonic cruise speed of Mach 0.850.855 (up to 570 mph, 920 km/h). It has an intercontinental range of 7,260 nautical miles (8,350 mi or 13,450 km). The 747-400 passenger version can accommodate 416 passengers in a typical three-class layout or 524 passengers in a typical two-class layout. The newest version of the aircraft, the 7478, is in production and flight testing in late 2010. Deliveries of the 747-8F freighter version are scheduled to begin in mid-2011, with the 747-8I passenger version to follow in late 2011.
In the launch item of Project Cutaway, an aircraft from Braniff is depicted. The actual aircraft is the 100th Boeing 747 ever built, a 747-127 with the code N601BN. This aircraft, variously known as 747 Braniff Place or The Most Exclusive Address in the Sky, was the airlines flagship. The Project Cutaway model is pre-painted and it arrives as a handful of separate parts that are easily assembled within a minute. The minimal number of cleverly engineered components results in a stunning cutaway model that exposes many internal details of the plane. For instance, the seats inside are painted in the correct colors according to their cabin, while the cockpit, wings and engines also have cutaway sections. This is an accurate 1/144 scale model, and it comes with a metal stand so that it becomes a stunning desktop display piece.
Wingspan: 17 inches
Length: 19 inches
Release Date: December 2011
Historical Account: Braniff International Airways was an American airline that operated from 1928 until 1982, primarily in the midwestern and southwestern U.S., South America, Panama, and in its later years also Asia and Europe. The airline ceased operations on May 12th, 1982, due to factors including escalating fuel prices, aggressive and unsustainable expansion, and fierce competition following changes that resulted from the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978.