From: email@example.com (Ed Hahn) Organization: The MITRE Corporation, McLean, Va. Date: 22 Mar 95 02:34:23 References: 1
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In article <airliners.1995.272@ohare.Chicago.COM> firstname.lastname@example.org (ZACHARY R. TOMCICH) writes: I'm a writer and I have some basic questions about a 747, or any wide body aircraft for that matter, for a story I'm writing. When an aircraft is parked and totally abondoned how does one get in and out? Is there a nose gear hatchet or must they use a stair truck to board and disembark? Yes, there is a nose gear hatch, which leads to the forward avionics bay, which has a ladder to the front of the aircraft. Secondly are the emergancy slides a reflex system that will operate whenever a door is opened or does it have a arming switch? Usually when parked in storage, the slides are disarmed (via a switch). This can easily be thrown by a person on the inside, though. And finally when these aircraft are in drydock- presumablly for good- what sort of security is around them? Drydock? If you're talking about out in the desert, there's a fence around the airport with security, but not at the aircraft themselves. Surprisingly, a good movie presentation about how to get in and out of a 747 in the desert is "Terminal Velocity" (1994). Though the plot is cheesy, there is a scene where the characters crawl around a 747 in the desert - this scene is very true-to-life in terms of entry, exit, and internal movements. Hope this helps, ed -------- Ed Hahn | email@example.com | (703) 883-5988 -------- The above comment reflects the opinions of the author, and does not constitute endorsement or implied warranty by the MITRE Corporation. Really, I wouldn't kid you about a thing like this.