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Great Planes - 747 and 777

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BOEING 747 - Since its first commercial flight more than thirty years ago, the Boeing 747 has flown more than two billion people a distance greater than 42,000 round-trips to the Moon. Fasten your seat belt as Great Planes examines this aviation marvel and the revolution it created in passenger air transport. Learn the roots of jet-airline technology and Boeing's race to create the world's first jumbo jet. Archival footage and insightful commentary explore the evolution of the classic 747 models and illustrate what it takes to stay high in the sky.
BOEING 777 - The Boeing 777, the world's largest twin-engine commercial airplane, represents a triumph of technology - a magnificent integration of two forces that have changed our world: the computer and the airplane. A single 777 engine can generate more thrust than the combined eight engines of a B-52 bomber, allowing the plane to carry three hundred passengers at 84% the speed of sound. How did this remarkable machine take flight? Plane Simple recounts the events and people behind this powerhouse airplane, including how engineers went from complete digital preassembly directly to a successful production model - an incredible aviation achievement.

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Product Details

  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Family Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2001
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005BIFY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,997 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By David Hoggan on April 17, 2002
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The 747 video, produced in 1989 is incredibly dated, with poor video quality and too much background information on the Boeing company and not enough on the plane itself. The 777 segment reuses much of the same content and has many glaring errors where the voiceover does not match the video. For example: the British Hermes airliner is discussed as footage of a Lockheed Constellation is shown, and the manufacturing process of the 777 is discussed while showing footage of a 747 under construction. It's obvious that the producers of the 777 segment did not bother to research their subject matter and merely hacked the show together with footage they had available to them. Avoid this video and visit Just Planes Videos for serious commercial aviation videos produced by true enthusiasts for true enthusiasts.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Edward Wong on November 18, 2002
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Talked very little about the planes themselves and their development respectively. Instead it focus on the history of the company. Make thing even worse, the company history part repeats on both section (B747 and 777) which makes the tape extremely boring.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Capreol on July 28, 2001
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This DVD is split into two seperate films, one on the 747 and another on the 777. Each film starts with a history of Boeing, and jet aviation. Next, they cover the engineering and manufacturing problems involved in pushing jet travel to the next level, with the 747 version focusing on problems with size and the 777 version talking about the engineering and computerized development tasks. The 777 version actually covers alot of the 747 development and does a lot of comparison between the two. Neither version is very technical, but they are well narated and there are some interesting facts about both planes sprinkled throughout. Nevertheless, the DVD has good footage on both planes and will be enjoyed by any plane fanatic.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 2001
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This DVD has very little info about the planes, and material is repeated in 777 section.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kar Lok Wong on July 9, 2001
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It is a good documentary for the history of both planes from Discovery Channel. But if you are looking for more in details and depth, like the FMC system on board, how a pilot takes off and land, you do not have it. My conclusion is if you are a big fans of 747 / 777, the books may give what you want. However, it is the first airplane DVD in my knowledge.
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