3 thoughts on “747 – Stowaway view

  1. I would have loved to have seen the wind speed and temperatures as the plane took off and landed.

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  2. unfortunately the stowaway would be dead on landing, at least on normal flights.

    Usual cruising altitudes for jets are above 29.000 feet – the height of Mount Everest. At this altitude the temperature is below zero Fahrenheit (0°F=-18°C) and the pressure is lower than a third standard pressure – equivalent to a oxygen content of 7% and less at standard pressure.

    So even if a stowaway finds a way not to be crushed to death when the wheels close he’ll die of asphyxation and/or he’ll be frozen to death. Even the best mountaineers use oxygen in these heights (and are acclimatised for moths at extreme heights (yes, some few managed it without oxygen)) – and they have clothes that are made for these temperatures.

    It might be survivable if the flight is less than an hour or so (not just because the cruise altitude isn’t as high then), but these would be extremely short flights (think Boston-New York) and not something that would be useful for most stowaways.

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  3. Tek,
    The wind speed and temp would be the same as any of thousands of planes that fly everyday. Wind speed is the speed of the plane, temperature at take off and landing are recorded for every flight. If you’d “love” to know, a google search would take less time than your post.

    Engywuck… My only goal in life is to have as much free time to waste as you do.

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