Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Only in Mojave: Anyone Seen the Garage Door Remote?

Only in Mojave . . . do you need a garage door remote to get into a 747!

This ex-Continental 747-200 is now gone, but for years it sat at Mojave complete with a rollup garage door on its nose, leading to many questions from puzzled passers-by. The 747, and an ex-Korean A-300 sitting next to it, were owned by Telair International, a German company that specializes in developing cargo loading systems for large aircraft. For any such system to become approved (the approval is called a "Supplementary Type Certificate", or STC) for use in commercial aircraft, it first has to be tested, and Telair used the two retired Mojave-bound airliners as testing and development setups for their systems.

5 comments:

Mongo said...
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Joshua Nyhus said...

I've heard it's been used in movies and tv shows also. Because of the door, making it easy for the camera equipment to move around.

Alan Radecki said...

I'm surprised that they'd use it for that, simply because there was no interior to shoot. The only production use that I'm aware of was a coffee ad (http://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled/Boeing-747-143/1197925&tbl=&photo_nr=3&sok=&sort=&prev_id=1210040&next_id=1179999) before the nose was cut into. I'll certainly try to find out more, though!

Alan Radecki said...

By the way, for the record, this is ex-Continental N17011.

Anonymous said...

Did you forget to say: "April Fools!"?