Boeing 747 LCF Dreamlifter

I have been wanting to catch one of Boeing’s Dreamlifters coming in for a landing or taking off at some point, and the stars finally aligned for me.  I had seen this ginormous aircraft parked at Paine Field many times, and had also witnessed it flying around in the area, but it wasn’t until I saw it in action up close that I realized how truly awkward this airplane really looks.  Really, though, it was destined to be funny looking:  the need to add cargo capacity to an existing aircraft in a relatively short amount of time doesn’t leave you with much time to worry about aesthetics.  What’s really interesting about the aircraft, is that Boeing bought used 747-400’s and contracted a Taiwanese company (Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corporation) to carry out the modification (it’s faster to certify a plane that was previously certified and subsequently modified rather than a “new” airplane).  Also interesting is that the similarly named, yet unrelated, Evergreen International Airlines, an air freight company based out of McMinnville, OR operates the fleet of Dreamlifters (more information on Wikipedia’s Dreamlifter Page).  Anyway,  have a look for yourself.

 

Boeing 747 LCF Dreamlifter

Boeing 747 LCF Dreamlifter landing at Paine Field (KPAE)

 

 

Boeing 747 LCF Dreamlifter

Boeing 747 LCF Dreamlifter landing at Paine Field (KPAE)

 

 

Boeing 747 LCF Dreamlifter

Boeing 747 LCF Dreamlifter landing at Paine Field (KPAE)

 

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