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We realized tonight that we've actually painted both the first and last 747-400s to roll off Boeing's production line at Paine Field:

 

THE FIRST:

Pete Sterling's rendition of N661US, which started its life as the Boeing prototype N401PW (which has also been painted). The aircraft was delivered to Northwest Airlines in 1989 and ended its illustrious career with Delta Air Lines in 2015. The aircraft is now on exhibit at the Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta, GA, located on the north side of the massive KATL complex:

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THE LAST:
Jason Brown's depiction of N782CK, the last 747-400 to roll off the assembly line in 2009. A -400ERF, N782CK was originally supposed to be delivered to LoadAir Cargo as N798BA, but was stored at KPAE for several months, then transfered to KMZJ, Pinal Airpark north of Tucson, AZ, where it stayed until it was signed over to Kalitta Air in January of 2012.

 

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You'll be able to fly both of these aircraft very soon as we near release of the PMDG 747-400 Queen of the Skies II!

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Oh he's teasing us

 

Why of course not!  :wink:

 

Seriously though, we're super proud of this product and can't wait for you all to see it. It's the best thing we've done.

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Pure eyegasm. Kalitta - yummi yummi!

 

Really interesting point we discovered - all their liveries are painted by eye/hand on the real thing. It's not a template. There's noticeable differences even in the registration text from airframe to airframe. (we've done a 400F, a 400ERF and a BCF)

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Really interesting point we discovered - all their liveries are painted by eye/hand on the real thing. It's not a template. There's noticeable differences even in the registration text from airframe to airframe. (we've done a 400F, a 400ERF and a BCF)

Did you also hand paint them? ;)

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Really interesting point we discovered - all their liveries are painted by eye/hand on the real thing. It's not a template. There's noticeable differences even in the registration text from airframe to airframe. (we've done a 400F, a 400ERF and a BCF)

Completely by hand? Is there any reason behind them doing that? Like upholding a company tradition perhaps? I didn't know anyone would hand paint a real 747.. That is quite a bit of work after all. Personally I really appreciate that every of their 747's is a bit different in it's own sense. Makes it feel less like a mass-produced anonymous jet

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I had no idea that the 400 was no longer in production.

 

Yeah and sadly, I just learned that both Delta and United are retiring the birds this year.

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The 747 is probably the most iconic Boeing aircraft right along with the 707. Timeless aircraft. PMDG, I applaud your teamwork making this project possible.

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Don't forget the 737

That is the most successful, but I'm talking about the  "Oh THAT'S a Boeing" factor, 747 is without a doubt leader of that category.  But,  #LongLiveThe737CL Let's not hijack this thread lol The 747 is just a beautiful plane that will forever hold a special place in AvGeeks hearts.

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The 747 is just a beautiful plane that will forever hold a special place in AvGeeks hearts.

 

Yes and thanks to PMDG, we will be able to enjoy it long after it is gone for good - one of the pro's of flight simming as opposed to real world aviation

 

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Yes and thanks to PMDG, we will be able to enjoy it long after it is gone for good - one of the pro's of flight simming as opposed to real world aviation

 

Regards

Couldn't agree more. Plus, it's fun to show off to real world pilots that you know how to power up a plane in real life :P (Yeah, I had this opportunity and I blamed PMDG for my success.)

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Couldn't agree more. Plus, it's fun to show off to real world pilots that you know how to power up a plane in real life :P (Yeah, I had this opportunity and I blamed PMDG for my success.)

I would LOVE to get the opportunity to spend some time in a 744 Level-D sim somewhere one day...

 

 

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Ours won't be full motion, but it'll be full size and modeled to spec (though it's a 748 and not a 744), should anyone be in the Washington area and want to stop by the upcoming Sim Center.

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Kyle, I would love to take you up on that offer, but getting there from South Africa might be a bit tough lol.   I expect that you guys are going to post some photos showing off this flight simulator of yours though?

 

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Yeah, we'll definitely have some photos from when we open it up and people get to see it (though I think it'll be a 737 sim that the general public first gets access to). We'll also probably set up a Twitch account to live stream sim sessions. I'm sure you'll see both Aaron (lomaric) and myself (same twitch handle as my forum account) streaming the sessions (or mirroring them) as we test things out, too.

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Magnificent! 2 liveries that will get some hourson my flying.

 

Thanks kyle!

 

Might want to edit that - He's Ryan Maziarz - Not Kyle Rodgers!  :lol:

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Interestingly enough, even as far back as when I was a kid, any time someone forgot my name it was usually assumed to be 'Ryan'. It doesn't make it any easier that they're both 4 letters and include an 'odd' letter like 'y'. I think we're both at the point where we respond to either. :P

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