4 comments to If a 747 can carry the Space Shuttle…
This is hilarious!!
Some co-workers and I were talking about this same thing the other day, so I looked it up.
The Shuttle hauler 747 is stripped down to nothing, and its max capacity weight is 710,000 lbs.
A standard commercial 747 max take-off weight ranges between 833,000-975,000 pounds. (747-200B—833,000;747-400—875,000; 747-8I—795,000).
JUST FYI, not trying to take the fun out of the image.
On a similar note: Many of the small bush planes in Alaska are technically overweight after fitted with those huge float pontoons. Yet, these planes can be loaded up with supplies and fuel and flown ‘over-gross’ due to the fact that the floats are designed to provide additional lift, and can carry their own weight and then some. I would bet that the piggyback shuttle is carrying at least some of, if not all of its own weight because it’s an AIRPLANE!
….the same physics do not apply however, when a gargantuous bohemoth passenger is required to purchase a ticket for each of his/her butt cheeks. LOL
Excellent point. The shuttle and 747 combo is pretty much a biplane. Do biplanes actually have significantly more lift? What if a there was a 747 biplane, would it be able to carry more payload?