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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zenith Press; First edition (September 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760342938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760342930
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The advent of the Boeing 747, the world’s first wide-body commercial airliner, was one of the most significant milestones in aviation history. When the first 747 touched down at Heathrow Airport from New York on 22 January 1970, it heralded the dawn of a popular revolution in long-haul air travel.


Bigger than any passenger aircraft that had come before it, the wide-body 747 “Jumbo Jet” enabled airlines worldwide to slash ticket costs, which meant that affordable travel to faraway destinations finally came within reach of the masses.


To keep the 747 at the forefront of commercial aviation, Boeing continued to develop the basic design, progressively improving the standard passenger 747 in addition to creating extended-range, high-density, combi and dedicated freighter versions, and a whole range of specialist adaptations. In 2005, a major redesign of the 747 (the 747-8) was launched that draws on technology from Boeing’s 787 model, which means the final chapter in the 747 story has yet to be written.


Boeing 747 pilot and author Chris Wood sets his gaze on the 747-400 version and lifts the inspection panels on this most numerous of all 747 models. He describes the anatomy of this huge aircraft, how it is flown and operated, and how the engineers keep Boeing’s best-selling version of the 747 airworthy.

About the Author

Chris Wood is a Boeing 747 captain with Virgin Atlantic. He has more than 15,000 hours flying time, 10,000 of which are on 747s. He is a regular contributor to the aviation press, including Airliner World and TodayÆs Pilot. He lives in East Sussex, England.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Hinkle on January 25, 2013
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I am familiar with the old Haynes manuals from long ago... the ones that would show you in detail how to rebuild the motor on your Volkswagen or replace the break pads on your Tercel... Well, this book isn't that... Not even close! It's basically a big pretty picture book... And not that there is anything wrong with that. But it's just not what I was expecting in a Haynes manual. It's not that I need instructions on how to service the pitot tubes on my 747, but I guess I was expecting a lot more technical drawings like the one on the cover... Turns out the one on the cover is the only one in the book!

But it's an entertaining and enjoyable book. I don't regret the purchase, and it's not like it was terrible expensive. It just seems like a bit of false advertising to have Haynes on the cover.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By themonkey on December 1, 2012
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good book, Im surprised there aren't more books on this topic, nice pictures and good information, definitely worth buying, my only critique- would have liked more info about the 747-8, a must buy if you're a 747 fan
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By Daryl Carpenter on February 11, 2015
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As much as I commend Haynes for publishing such a detailed work on this aircraft by an experienced 747 pilot, this "manual" is rather dry and doesn't take advantage of the Haynes format. The technical descriptions are quite detailed, and presumably taken from actual 747 manuals, but there are precious few diagrams, very little in the way of "how it works" material (LOTS of "what it does," though), and the editing is rather sloppy. Chapter four ends in mid-sentence, and a diagram of the throttle quadrant is labeled "caption and key to come."

As a bit of an aviation nerd, I found some of the in-depth descriptions of the 747-400's inner workings fascinating, but on the whole, this isn't one of my favorites in Haynes' "workshop manual" series.
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The book is intended to aircraft enthusiasts. It has a lot of information that you can't find in other reading and some very interesting facts. It places itself somewhere in between a manual and a product brochure.
Well organised and nicely written, with crew members accounts in operating this beautiful airplane.
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By Aero Guy on January 20, 2015
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Lots of dates and stats but I found it very light on technical explanation. Instead of just knowing the whats of the systems I was looking for more on the hows and whys.
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