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Lords of Being

Chapter 12a: Notes

by Jim Burrows

New Blood Logs:

Tom Noon's Tale


In Chaos

Voyages of the Nones



Mother Goose Chase

Ancient Oz


Adventures of the Munch

Lanthil & Beyond


I propose that the plane that the party is in the process of purchasing is being sold by Wolfram Dynamatics, an Ames, Iowa based company that does R&D, Engineering and manufacturing hydraulics and transmission systems. Since much of their business is dependent upon the automotive industry, the down-turn is hitting them very hard and corporate jets are hard to justify, even a relatively obsolete BAC 1-11.

The plane is a bit unusual. It is one of only a couple of one eleven 475s in America, perhaps the only one still flying. (In the real world, I can only find derelicts in the US.) Most 475s are owned by middle eastern and eastern European air forces or rich middle easterners. The 475 has the bigger engines of the 500 series models, but the smaller body of the 400 series. It is the BAC 1-11 most capable of transatlantic flight.

The interior is based on that of a pair of series 400 one elevens owned or at least used by Bon Jovi for their US and European tours ("Sky King" (BAC 1-11 series 401AK # N401SK) in Europe and "Bounce" (BAC 1-11 Series 419EP # N999BW) in the USA). "Bounce" is actually for sale in Texas in the real world. The floor plan and cabin photos below are of "Bounce". The exterior shot is a series 475. (In fact, it is probably the most likely recommissionable 475 left. Pictures of it can be seen here.) For comparison, figure 1 shows the interior of one of the last series 475's built.

figure 1

I chose the 475 series because 400 series one elevens seem to sell for less than the $8M established in the game, and transatlantic flight seems to be a requirement. The extra range won't get us across, but it makes Iceland more accessible.

The downside in all this is that in both the UK and the US, it appears you are required to have a crew of not one, but two, so we may have to get a party member to stand in. Mabel was making noises about having flown small planes.

Hellgrammite and I recommend turning the aft section into a sleeper cabin, adding a door and replacing the 5 chairs with a bed. There are TV equipment and mirrors at the front of the forward section. I expect that the Hellgramit and Glass will therefore expand that area, the communications closet behind the TV and VCR and the forward section of the cargo deck into the plane's cyber-center. Expect it to be full of computers, clanks and the menagerie.

Original Floor Plan

figure 2
The above recommended chnages were started during just prior to the party's journey to the Indian Ocean. Two rolling server racks were installed on runners, and next to them three computer and communications workstations. Several hatches were installed to give access to the cargo hold.

After returning from the Indian Ocean, the party completed their first round of renovayions. This included installation of two Pullman-style sleeping compartments for the human members of the party just aft of the galley. The compartments were based on the one shown to the right in Figure 2.

Combining this with the installation of the computer and communications equipment in the forward cabin, the resultant floorplan looks something like this:

Renovated Floor Plan

Original Specifications Revised Specifications
Model: BAC 1-11 475
Length: 92 ft 6 in (28.2 m) 92 ft 6 in (28.2 m)
Span: 88 ft 6 in (26.9 m) 88 ft 6 in (26.9 m)
Height: 23 ft 9 in (7.2 m) 23 ft 9 in (7.2 m)
Wing area: 1,003 ft² (93.2 m²) 1,003 ft² (93.2 m²)

Empty weight: 46,405 lb (21049 kg) 46,600 lb (21137 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 74,500 lb (33793 kg) 74,000 lb (33566 kg)

Cruise speed: 495 mph (795 km/h) 541 mph (870 km/h)
Maximum speed: 541 mph (870 km/h) 595 mph (958 km/h)
Range: 2,165 miles (3484 km) 3,031 miles (4878 km)
Service ceiling: 35,000 ft (10,700 m) 35,000 ft (10,700 m)

Engines: 2x Rolls-Royce Spey 512-14DW 2x modified RR Spey 512-14DW
Accommodations: 2 crew, 30 passengers 2 crew, 22 passengers

Last Updated: Apr 4, 2009
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