A Boeing 747 is being converted into a 5D experience about the 747 and the history of aviation. Corendon, a leading tour operator, airline company and hotel chain on the Dutch and Belgian travel market, undertook a five-day mega transport project from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport to Badhoevedorp – all of 12,5 km – where the 747 has been parked up at its new final destination, the Corendon Village Hotel garden.
The Boeing 747 is the former KLM aircraft “City of Bangkok” that was in operation for 30 years. The plane is 64 meters wide, 71 meters long and weighs 160 tonnes. To keep it safe and steady, the aircraft has been lifted on 1,5 meters high steel bases (15 tonnes in total), built on heavy concrete slabs, strong enough to carry the enormous weight.
When the 747 is converted into a 5D experience, visitors will be able to walk on, over or under the plane and visit places that are normally not accessible to the public. They can visit the cargo area where the luggage is loaded, learn about the fuelling of the plane, take a look in the business class kitchen and the cockpit on the upper deck. They can even do a wing walk over the thirty-meter-long wings.
Visitors will also be able to make a journey through the history of aviation. That begins with the ancient human desire to fly and leads them from the first serious flight attempts around 1900 to the development of the Boeing 747. The highlight of the trip is the 5D experience, in which visitors can experience flying in all its facets.
The 747 is an iconic plane and was the largest aircraft in the world until 2007. It could transport 2,5-times more passengers than other conventional types. It was also the first wide-body aircraft, with two aisles. Characteristic is also the upper deck, where the cockpit is located. KLM introduced the first Boeing 747 in its fleet in 1971. When the “City of Bangkok” was added to the fleet in 1989, it was baptized by nine Thai monks.
How do you transport a 747
The five-day trip of the Boeing was an impressive operation. The plane first had to be transported eight kilometers over the Schiphol airport area and then another 4,5 km through the fields. Heavy transport specialist Mammoet transported the 160-tonne aircraft on a trailer that weighed even more: over 200 tonnes. The trailer divided the weight of the Boeing over 192 wheels.
To make sure the trailer would not sink into the marshy land, a special road was constructed with approximately 2 100 metal road plates weighing 1 500 kg each. Special bridges were built over the 17 ditches.
The trailer was traveling at a speed of 5 km/h and was controlled remotely by people from Mammoet, who walked beside it. It was powered by two so-called power packs, each with a capacity of 390 kW, generating more than 1 000 hp (745 kW). A total of 18 turns had to be taken during the trip.