According to Boeing, the 747-400 family of aircraft have 16 main landing gear wheels. The landing wheels are outfitted with structural carbon brakes that improve energy absorption characteristics and wear resistance, whi... More »

The empty weight of a 747 airplane is 403,500 pounds, according to HowStuffWorks. Its maximum weight when full is 875,000 pounds. Initially, the overall size and weight of the Boeing 747 caused undo concern as to whether... More »

The Boeing 747-400, the longest tenured 747 model as of 2015, measures 211 feet 5 inches from wing-tip to wing-tip. From the tip of the nose to the end of the rear winglets, the Boeing 747-400 is 231 feet 10 inches long.... More »

Typical seating configurations differ depending on the type of airplane and the airline: Southwest, Virgin America and Spirit use a three-three configuration in their narrow body jets with an aisle down the middle, while... More » Vehicles Airplanes & Helicopters

Lightning strikes are relatively common occurrences, particularly for larger commercial aircraft, and in most cases they are relatively harmless thanks to technology designed to protect airplane passengers in the event o... More » Vehicles Airplanes & Helicopters

While the best airplane overall is difficult to define given the large variety of tasks aircraft perform and the consequently large number of different designs optimized for those tasks, jet-powered aircraft hold the maj... More »

Since there are no fixed airways, air traffic controllers determine airplane flight routes by using charts that separate aircraft by five miles laterally and 1,000 to 2,000 feet vertically. Control centers publish and up... More »