Flight Simulator 2020 Boeing 747 – The Impact of the First Widebody Airliner on the Aviation Industry

Flight Simulator 2020 Boeing 747 – The Impact of the First Widebody Airliner on the Aviation Industry:

flight simulator boeing 747

This article is about Boeing 747 3rd generation manufactured from 2010 to present. The 1st generation of the Boeing 747 including the -100,-sp,-200 and 300 models were manufactured in the 1970 until the 1990. For more information on 2nd generation from 1989-2005, see Boeing 747-400.

Overview & Introduction:

The Boeing 747 was the first widebody airliner, followed by the Airbus A300. Since the first Boeing 747-100 came into service in 1969, Boeing now have over 1,400 aircraft.

The Boeing 747 has been a workhorse of international air travel since its introduction in the late 1960s. The 747 has also been an important workhorse of space travel, making the one-way trip from Earth to the Moon and back using only two 747s (later three) by the end of the Apollo program. Additionally, some of the last Apollo astronauts took flights on 747s after returning from space. This will be the last 747 as Boeing is not expected to resume production of the aircraft, possibly ever.

The Boeing 747 has made numerous international trips into space. The Space Shuttle Discovery, for example, carried NASA missions on 747s. In addition, the company’s 747-400 and 747-8 fleets are being replaced with Boeing 787 and 777 aircraft.

The 747 in the early years:

The 747 is a large, long-range, wide-bodied aircraft made first production in 1969 by Boeing Commercial Airplanes, now named Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The 747 is the world’s first mass-produced widebody aircraft. Two major demands from long-haul customers drove its development:

Carrying all those extra seats with a smaller fuselage to fit in airports of the day and maintain large enough wing doors. Carrying enough fuel for a round-the-world flight, then converting into a tanker aircraft later.

The single-engine JT8D was selected over two other engines for the 747 to allow a wide fuselage. The JT8D has not proved to be an engine of choice for twin jets. The 747 has been produced in two variants.

The design:

the design

The Boeing 747-400, also known as the “jumbo jet”, is a four-engine wide-body jet airliner manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. This generation of 747 is based on the Boeing 747-200B, which itself is derived from the standard military variant of the Boeing 747-200, the 747-200B2. While the basic aircraft layout remained the same for both variants, the military 747-200B2, having been in service for over two decades, was extensively modified from the original design, notably its cockpit. As a result, the civilian 747-400 shares the first-class cabin layout of the military 747-200B2. The military 747-200B2 has been reclassified as the Boeing 747-8.


At the core of the 747-400 is the Rolls-Royce RB211 turbofan, the second-generation engine Boeing began installing on the 747 in 1975. The engine, along with a number of other improvements over the DC-10, allowed the 747 to achieve a fuel burn per passenger mile ratio of only 40% of that of the DC-10.[5] Although it was this innovation that saved airlines hundreds of millions of dollars, it also proved problematic. The engine is heavier than the previous engine. Thus the 747 was overweight and had a tendency to stall. The 747’s manoeuvring characteristics exacerbated this problem. In addition, the engine suffered from inefficiencies that produced increased maintenance costs for airlines and lower performance for passengers.

Boeing 747-8:

The Boeing 747-8 is an extended range version of the Boeing 747. It is powered by four engines and can accommodate over 400 passengers. The 747-8 is powered by two General Electric TF34-8 turbofan engines and four Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines, increasing the range of the aircraft from 5,400 nm to 6,700 nm. It also has a service ceiling of 43,000 ft (13,000 m), shorter than the normal 33,000 ft (10,000 m) of a 747-400.

Boeing 777:

Boeing 777

The Boeing 777 was the first twin-engine jetliner produced by Boeing. With production starting in 1995, the first commercial 777 was delivered in 1996. From its introduction until 2016, 777s were used by numerous airlines on transcontinental routes, such as the United States-Canada and the West-East corridors between Europe and the Americas.

What’s next?

Airbus believes that by 2022, the 737 MAX, Boeing’s next generation of 737, will be entering its service life. The 777X would be entering service shortly after with two models serving as replacements, so that’s another five years that the Airbus/Boeing duopoly would exist in the form of the 737MAX/777X and their relatively similar replacements, respectively. There is speculation of a possible Boeing version of the A380 with an even larger capacity to compete with the A380neo, but that would be a “long-term” proposition with no specifics at this time. Boeing and Airbus will see some cracks forming in the duopoly in the coming years.

Boeing 747 in Flight Simulators:

Boeing 747 in flight simulator

The packages can be found in the the Fligh Simulator base or you can purchase and download it online. The package is not a guarantee of quality. It is recommended to do research, reviews or video before making decision on whether to purchase the package.

Boeing 747 is available on:

⦁ FS2020
⦁ XP11
⦁ P3D
⦁ FS2004

At the moment, this plane is currently the largest (and hardest to fly) in MS2020.

Summary and Conclusion:

The benefit of the Boeing 747 is to perform a wide variety of roles. Since it began service in 1970, it has been the most popular widebody airliner. It has earned a reputation for passenger comfort, reliability, and value, and continues to do so in its latest versions. The 747 is also known for its ability to land and take off from rough and not ready runways, unlike many other aircraft in its class. As such, the 747 has been used in a wide range of roles, including transporting mail and cargo, providing military airlift, and charter flights.

Finally, it must be said that there are tons of plans you can fly with in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 so if you (like me) are one of those flying lovers, don’t waste the time and try it out right now!

Hope you liked reading this article. Feel free to share your thoughts about this Jumbo Jet in comments below. 🙂

4 thoughts on “Flight Simulator 2020 Boeing 747 – The Impact of the First Widebody Airliner on the Aviation Industry

  1. I really learned a lot from reading your post. I had no idea this existed until now. Imagine this has been around since 1970 is amazing to me. The passenger comfort sounds awesome for anyone flying. Its reputation for being reliable is awesome for us all to know. Amazing all the uses the Flight 747 can perform. How did you ever find out so much about this?


    1. Thanks for the feedback. I like to read articles about aircraft that how I found it. I also used to play Flight Simulator X long time ago. 

  2. Your in-depth exploration of the 747’s evolution, from its groundbreaking debut to its latest versions, is both informative and captivating. I appreciated the insights into the technological aspects, such as the Rolls-Royce RB211 engine, and the speculations on the future of aviation with the 737 MAX and 777X. The section on flight simulators adds a fun and interactive dimension to the piece. 

    As a fellow aviation enthusiast, your passion for flying shines through, making this article a delightful read.

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