max. gross take-off weight
-7000 mile range
-4 Pratt & Whitney JT9D Engines. (50,000lb thrust)
Due to Pan Am’s inability to fly domestic routes, they needed
an aircraft with ultimate range.
This ‘special performance’
aircraft extended range. Pan Am had this special 747
created to allow non-stop flights from New York to Tokyo.
A shortened 747 with the
suffix ‘SP’ for Special Performance.
Pan Am had 11 SP’s.
The 747SP’s went out of service April 22, 1985
with the sale of the ‘Pacific Division’ to United.
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