Exhibit: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004
More than 30 years ago, the 747 made its first trip from New York to London. Since then, it's become the standard by which other large passenger jets are judged. Its size, range, speed, and capacity were then, and are now, the best in its class. The 747-400 model was first introduced in 1985. The first -400 was delivered to Northwest Airlines four years later. It was designed to extend the already excellent capacity and range of the original 747, and, using lighter aluminum alloys and hardware adapted from the 757 and 767, it met its goal. Beginning in May 1990, the 747-400 became the only 747 currently in production, which has been an ongoing testament to its success.
The 747 has also captured a number of records. Thanks in part to use of advanced materials, like graphite, to replace heavy metals, and aluminum alloys used in wing skins, stringers, and lower-spar chords, the 747 realized considerable weight savings over the -300. As a result, on June 27, 1988, Northwest Airlines set a new official weight record by reaching an altitude of 2,000 meters at a gross weight of 892,450 lb. The 747-400 can travel 8,430 statute miles (13,570 km) without refueling. That, in addition to its large seating capacity, makes it the lowest cost per seat-mile of any twin-aisle airplane offered. It has a dispatch reliability rate of 98.8 percent.
Descriptions from - www.microsoft.com/games/flightsimulator/aircraft.asp >> 2009 update - web page is gone <<
These images were taken using a GeForce 6600 GTgraphics card,
on a Pentium-4 - 3 GHz - rigged for silent running