Re: 747-300 and -400

From: (Mary Shafer)
Organization: NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards CA
Date:         19 Apr 96 02:04:02 
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On 09 Apr 96 14:22:47 , (Robert Dorsett) said:

R> Given how much slides flop around in the wind, I wouldn't be too
R> keen to go down three stories in one.

Having gone down an L-1011 slide in a hangar (initial practice for the
evacuation demonstrations to the FAA), I wouldn't be too keen to go
down any stories in one.  Keep your hands out in front of you--your
palms will thank you.  Those slides are abrasive.

R> The overhatch thing with the inertial reels is for the flight crew
R> only.

According to an article I read years ago in Callback, 747s had a
knotted rope that could be tossed out one of the windows so that the
cockpit crew could shinny down it.  I read about this in an article
that discussed the practice of taxiing on two engines to save fuel
because of OPEC, so it was some time ago.

Mary Shafer               NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA
SR-71 Flying Qualities Lead Engineer     Of course I don't speak for NASA                               DoD #362 KotFR