Pratt And Whitney Canada 747SP flying engine test bed


#1

Hey guys, not sure if this is a common occurrence but i’ve never seen it on flightaware before- apparently it’s a Boeing 747SP used by Prat and Whitney for testing engines?

Its track log definitely confirms they’re doing some strange maneuvers!

flightaware.com/live/flight/PWC742

I would LOVE to see this in person!


#2

The previous two flights were B747-200s, the SP might be a mistake

flightaware.com/live/flight/PWC7 … /CYMX/CYMX


#3

The last two flights were the mistake. P&W owns N708BA, a 747-SPB5, originally with Korean.
747sp.com/history.asp?22484
flickr.com/photos/40168621@N07/4760171543/


#4

How many SP’s do they operate? this video shows N747UT as the registration #. now C-FPAW


#5

Wow! Why would they have the -SP? Wouldn’t the old -100’s or -200’s be a simpler and cheaper aircraft to work on? (availability of parts etc…).


#6

Might have picked it up cheap from the scrapyard? Perhaps the smaller airframe is better suited for their testing?


#7

Both B747SP’s are based at Montreal Mirabel Airport.

Photo C-FPAW

C-FPAW history

Photo N708BA currently registered C-GTFF

N708BA History re-registered C-GTFF Dec 17/11


#8

thank for the link to my picture of the first SP
it looks better from this side though
http://www.flickr.com/photos/djipibi/4712885269/
J-P :wink:

BTW perhaps the aviation sectionnal view gives a hint of their not so erratic path
flightaware.com/live/flight_trac … 1294945980

Not too much airport activity over there.

I’ll have to check further as there 720 used to fly more diversified regions.