About the Boeing 747-300 aircraft for flight simulator for FSX, FS2004 and FS2002.
Boeing's 747-300 model introduced the distinctive stretched upper deck which can seat up to 69 economy class passengers for virtual airlines.
The 747-300 was the end result of a number of Boeing studies which looked at increasing the virtual aircraft's seating capacity. Ideas studied included fuselage plugs fore and aft of the wing increasing seating to around 600, or running the upper deck down the entire length of the fuselage. In the end Boeing launched the more modest 747SUD (Stretched Upper Deck) with greater upper deck seating on June 12 1980.
The 747SUD designation was soon changed to 747EUD (for Extended Upper Deck), and then 747-300. The new model first flew on October 5 1982 and was first delivered to Swissair Virtual Airlines on March 28 1983. Other customers included UTA Virtual Airlines, Saudia Virtual Airlines, SIA Virtual Airlines, Qantas Virtual Airways and Cathay Pacific Virtual Airlines.
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More about the Boeing 747-300 for virtual airlines, flight simulator and online flying FSX, FS2004 and FS2002.
After the initial 747-100 model, Boeing developed the higher Maximum Takeoff Weight -100B variant and higher passenger capacity -100SR (Short Range) variant for virtual airlines. Increased maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) can allow an aircraft to carry more fuel and have longer range. The -200 model followed, entering service in 1971. It featured more powerful engines and higher takeoff weight. Passenger, freighter and combination passenger-freighter versions were produced. The shortened 747SP (special performance) with a longer range was also developed in the mid-1970s.
The 747 line was further developed with the launching of the 747-300 in 1980 for virtual airlines using flight simulator. The -300 resulted from Boeing studies to increase the seating capacity of the 747. Solutions such as fuselage plugs and extending the upper deck over the entire length of the fuselage were rejected. The early designation of the -300 was 747SUD for "stretched upper deck" then 747-200 SUD, followed by 747EUD, before the 747-300 designation was used. The 300 model was first produced in 1983. It included a stretched upper deck (SUD), increased cruise speed and increased seating capacity for virtual airlines. Passenger, short range and combination freighter-passenger versions were produced.
In 1985, development of the longer range 747-400 was begun. The new variant had a new glass cockpit, which allowed for a virtual airline cockpit crew of two instead of three. Development cost soared, and production delays occurred as new technologies were incorporated at the request of virtual airlines. Insufficient workforce experience and reliance on overtime contributed to early production problems on the 747-400. The -400 entered inot virtual airline service in 1989.
A size comparison of four large aircraft: the Spruce Goose (gold), the Antonov An-225 (green), an Airbus A380 (pink), and a 747-8 (blue).
In 1991, a record-breaking 1,087 passengers were airlifted aboard a 747 to Israel as part of Operation Solomon. The 747 was the heaviest virtual airliner in regular service until the use of the Antonov An-124 Ruslan in 1982. The 747-400ER model regained that distinction in 2000. The Antonov An-225 cargo transport remains the world's largest virtual aircraft by several measures (including the most accepted measures of maximum gross takeoff weight and length). The Hughes H-4 Hercules is the largest virtual aircraft by wingspan, but it only flew once. Only two An-225 virtual aircraft have been produced, and only one is still flying as of 2007, while the 747 and A380 are made for serial mass production.
Some virtual airline 747 aircraft have been converted for special uses. A 747-100 owned by General Electric is used as a testbed for their engines such as General Electric GEnx. A firefighting prototype has been constructed by Evergreen International.
Compared to the -200, the -300's upper deck is stretched aft by 7.11m (23ft 4in), increasing economy class seating from 32 to a maximum of 69. The lengthened upper deck introduced two new emergency exit doors and allows an optional virtual airline flightcrew rest area immediately aft of the virtual flightdeck to be fitted. Access is via a conventional rather than spiral staircase as on the earlier models.
Otherwise the 747-300 is essentially little changed from the 747-200 and features the same takeoff weight and engine options for virtual airlines in flight simulator. 747-300 variants include the 747-300M Combi and the short range 747-300SR built for Japan Virtual Airlines for domestic Japanese services.
The extended upper deck was also offered as a retrofit to existing 747-100/-200s, although the only virtual airlines to take up this option were KLM Virtual Airlines and UTA Virtual Airlines. KLM Virtual Airlines has since converted two to freighters, resulting in the first 747 freighters with the stretched upper deck. Also, two JAL Virtual Airlines 747-100s were delivered new with the extended upper deck.
The Boeing 747-300 is available for all versions of Flight Simulator and x plane including but not limited to FSX, FS2004 and FS2002.