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Guest Gordius

I guess by now you will have seen the news that the 777 LR has taken off on a 23 hour record breaking flight. I wonder if PSS timed their release for that .Perfect flight though don't you think? I'm certainly up for it, shame it has already taken off and that I am busy on the Kings Cup Race this weekend (not that I have been shopping to PSS yet either :-) ). Not to mention my attempt to fly Concorde RTW in a little over 24 hours in two weeks time (glutton for punishment, I know).So. Who wants to give it a try? Anyone have the exact route? Thought I would go for it in about 3 or 4 weeks once I have got used the new 777.Andrew BrownRoaring Thirtieshttp://www.gordiusfs.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/192029.png

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Guest ThrottleUp

Ouch! 23hrs! Hats off to the crew. I could never do that no matter how wonderful the airplane. Probably why Im destined never to be a long-haul airline pilot hee hee. But still...very impressive!

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I reckon that the flight is a bit of a con really -- sure, the aircraft will fly 12500 miles , but with only 35 passengers. If they really want to show what the a/c can do , it should have a full load - lets see how far it can fly then!Barry

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Guest lamont

>I reckon that the flight is a bit of a con really -- sure,>the aircraft will fly 12500 miles , but with only 35>passengers. If they really want to show what the a/c can do ,>it should have a full load - lets see how far it can fly>then!>>BarryNot really a con, they're out to set a world record. No one, including Boeing, is saying that this is the norm. However, at 9000 nm and change they will be able to connect a lot of cities not done before.

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Guest jasonwinn

Does anyone have any links of where to track this flight?

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Guest FattyBear

I'm sure something within 23 hours of flying the PSS 777 something will go wrong and you'll have to start over.

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Guest garwig

You couldn't replicate this with just any 777, you would need a -200LR, wouldn't you?? (assuming fuel consumption is accurate)

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>Ouch! 23hrs! Hats off to the crew. You mean crewS. I'm sure things are nice and comfy for the relief crew on board.CheersBob ScottATP IMEL Gulfstream II-III-IV-V L-300Santiago de Chile

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Guest Gordius

>You couldn't replicate this with just any 777, you would need>a -200LR, wouldn't you?? (assuming fuel consumption is>accurate)Absolutely. The PSS 777 includes a 200LR thats what made me thing of it. I wonder if like me when setting out on a 24 hour flight they are, after 9 hours wishing they hadn't started :-)Out of interest does anyone else here ever fly such flights? My longest at one stretch was four days in a Beaver from New Guinea to Alaska. Slept for 3 or 4 hours a few times. Last period of flight exactly 24 hours. Always looking for a challenge which is what made me sit up and take a look when i saw it on the AVSIM homepage.Andrew BrownRoaring Thirtieshttp://www.gordiusfs.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/192029.png

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They're trying to beat Airbus to the punch, before they can do the same with their A-380! If the succeed it would make it harder for Airbus to surpass, and would be a major PR coup. The danger is if they are unsuccessful, for any reason, such as unexpected headwinds etc... Airbus will never let them hear the end of it!!

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Guest lamont

>They're trying to beat Airbus to the punch, before they can>do the same with their A-380! If the succeed it would make it>harder for Airbus to surpass, and would be a major PR coup.>The danger is if they are unsuccessful, for any reason, such>as unexpected headwinds etc... Airbus will never let them hear>the end of it!!I'm sure you're right. However, Boeing will shoot right back the fact that their a/c doesn't require a major airport overhaul to accomodate it.

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>They're trying to beat Airbus to the punch, before they can>do the same with their A-380! No, Airbus A380 can't fly that far (not even close) so it won't attempt to beat the record.Michael J.WinXP-Home SP2,AMD64 3500+,Abit AV8,Radeon X800Pro,36GB Raptor,1GB PC3200,Audigy 2http://www.precisionmanuals.com/images/forum/747400.jpghttp://www.hifisim.com/images/asv_beta_member.jpg

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Guest AlvinS

I work at Boeing in St. Louis, and the company web said that there would be 3 crews onboard. Still thats a long time in the air. I fly business from St. Louis to Korea occasionally and that trip wears me out, and I am not flying the plane. :)It would be fun to try and duplicate the flight in FS2004.

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If it's on schedule (From takeoff) it should be landing within an hour. However the tracker above lost contact over the Atlantic, Although the newairplane.com site makes it sounds like the plane already landed successfuly. I sure hope it's the later and nothing happened, because it's kind of odd a GPS tracker would lose contact!!Edit: Well I been watching the news, and can't find anything on it, one way or the other, so I guess in this case no news is good news!! If something happened, I'm sure they'd be all over it!!

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Guest Dakota

>I reckon that the flight is a bit of a con really -- sure,>the aircraft will fly 12500 miles , but with only 35>passengers. If they really want to show what the a/c can do ,>it should have a full load - lets see how far it can fly>then!>>BarryThe 777-200LR is the first comercial passenger plane that can fly between any two cities in the world, non stop. What more could you want.

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>According to both the BBC and CNN, the Boeing team landed at>about 13:00 GMT at Heathrow. Congratulations to all aboard! Great to hear!! Congrats to all involved and to Boeing!!! That means they were even a half hour early!!!

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Guest bjjones

22 hours 42 minutes and 11,664nm/21,601km covered.Well done Boeing and everyone else involved!!!

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Guest Gordius

If anyone else was watching their progress I noticed that the all was fine until they approached Lands End at about which time status went to "unknown". In the office many were sure "thay have run out of petrol".Andrew BrownRoaring Thirtieshttp://www.gordiusfs.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/192029.png

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Guest Dakota

Here is a picture of touch down. Looks like they made it to me.

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Not to mention that it's probably still undergoing certification trials and therefore can't officially carry passengers :)So they put on people who can (with some fantasy) be termed as required for testing the aircraft, like the CEO and CFO :)

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