Thursday, January 30, 2014

Plane Maker Dedicates 747-8 Freighter to Super Bowl Contenders

Largest Ever Seahawk Soars Over Seattle
Shipping News Feature

US – You have to hand it to Boeing, when it comes to self-publicity the PR department at the plane maker’s is second to none and now, not satisfied with just sponsoring the Seattle Seahawks, the American football team based at the company’s spiritual home, it has come up with the most eye catching, airborne promotion, together with a set of accompanying interesting facts. Firstly that plane, as the photo shows, a 747-8 Freighter has been suitably decked out in Seahawks livery to commemorate the team's National Football Conference Championship win and its appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Boeing has supported the team and cooperated on various programmes in the Puget Sound area for over ten years and the new plane is owned by Boeing and currently being used for flight testing. The special livery features the distinctive Seahawks logo and a '12' on the tail to salute the team's fans. The airplane will make its first flight in its new livery today (January 30). Eric Lindblad, Vice President and General Manager, 747 programme, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said:

"The 747 team is proud that one of our airplanes could be used as a tribute to the Seahawks' success this season and a rallying cry for the team as they prepare for the Super Bowl. The partnerships we have with the Seahawks and others are making a positive difference in the communities where Boeing employees live and work. We join with all Seahawks fans in wishing the team success on Sunday."

Some of those Seahawks livery ‘fun facts’ which Boeing produced make interesting reading and include:

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's longest pass this season, 80 yards (240 ft.), was almost the same length as a 747-8 fuselage (243.5 ft.) and he threw for 3,357 yards (10,071 ft.) this season, similar to the runway take-off distance for a 747-8 (10,650 ft.)    

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin can dash the full length of the 747-8 main deck, 180 ft., in less than seven seconds whilst running back Marshawn Lynch can squat with 16 economy seats (30 lbs. per seat)

A 747-8 Freighter can carry 121 million Skittles candies, or 302,400 one pound bags and it would take a gross (144) of 747-8 passenger airplanes (Intercontinentals) to carry all the Seahawks fans in CenturyLink Field (67,000 seats)    

The 747-8 can cover the length of a football field in one second at take-off whilst Seahawks fans' Guinness World Record for crowd noise is approximately 38 times louder than the 747-8 at departure