Plane enthusiast gives detailed tour of Boeing 747-400, shows what passengers don’t see

  • Take a complete tour through the Boeing 747
  • The tour also shows the parts of the plane that is closed off to passengers
  • You even get to see the secret crew cabin

Published on Jun 24, 2024 at 2:53 PM (UTC+4)
by Nalin Rawat

Last updated on Jun 24, 2024 at 4:27 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Alessandro Renesis

Aviation enthusiasts always love to know more details about iconic planes — and today we will get to take a detailed tour of the Boeing 747 and see parts of the plane that passengers don’t see.

Let’s join Paul Stewart on his tour around his series of tours around aviation icons.

In this episode, we will take a look at a Qantas Boeing 747-400 at the HARS Aviation Museum.

READ MORE! Boeing 737 vs Airbus A320: which is the best commercial plane in the world?

Boeing 747 tour

Stewart starts the tour by showing the underbelly of the aircraft and talking about different parts of the plane.

He shows the electronic equipment hatch, radar altimeters, and heat exchangers for the air conditioning unit at the bottom of the Boeing 747.

Surprisingly, the plane can carry additional engines on top of the four massive engines, it already has.

In the video, you can even see the fifth engine pod where it can be attached.

Even the world’s biggest plane uses six Boeing 747 engines. One can say it is a testament to the engine’s power and efficiency.

While most aircraft have two main landing gears, the 747 features four landing gears with 16 wheels.

What passengers don’t see

Fortunately, Stewart was able to get access to the main equipment centre of the Boeing 747, which is generally not accessible to passengers.

The equipment center houses manual controls for the landing gear and all electronic systems for the entire plane.

After that, he went on to explore the forward storage hold, where all the luggage was stored.

Finally, Stewart made his way to the Boeing 747 cockpit where he got the full rundown of the place from a retired pilot.

He also got to see the secret crew bunk, which is usually only reserved for the crew to rest.

Unfortunately, most of the Boeing 747s have been retired.

However, there are still 50 active passenger aircraft operated by five airlines.

So you might still get to fly in one of these aircraft if you are lucky.


Nalin Rawat

Nalin started his career by working with various national newspapers in India. He has also worked as a writer/editor for many popular websites, while still pursuing his journalism and mass communication degree. Working as a digital nomad has allowed him to inform and educate through his work. When he is not writing, you can find him playing video games or travelling the mountains on his bike.