Airlines Boeing 747-251B
N624US (c/n 21706)
The series 200 Boeing 747 had basically the same
dimensions as the earlier series 100, but
had a strengthened
airframe allowing a max gross take off weight at take off of 820,000
N624US is seen above in
another Frank C. Duarte Jr. classic image with "everything hanging
down" on short finals into
LAX in July of 1996. I lived in the Far East in the
1970s and early
1980s and was a frequent
passenger on NWA's 747s traveling from my (then) home in Taiwan
back to the States.
My log indicates I was aboard N624US in the fall of 1979 when it was
new waiting to push
back from the gate at the old Chung Shan Airport in Taipei when we were
told of a delay since "the
captain had not filled out his paperwork correctly".
This, in the days
when resident ex-pats
needed a "tax clearance" in order to escape the island.
Heaven forbid that anyone
should run off owing the Taiwan Government money. Anyway,
wayward passenger didn't have
one. Why do petty officials in Third World countries love to
authority? Is it to prove something? Hence some 400 tons
tubing was delayed for an hour while some
bureaucratic small fry upheld yet
another absurd rule!
Not to worry, our
captain put the pedal to the metal and, as my
notes recall, we were
on time into HNL!