I am currently interning with United Airlines at their San Francisco Maintenance and Overhaul Facility as a Powerplant Engineer, and the job has given me plenty of opportunities to be around their fleet. In February, I was able to ride along in the flight deck jumpseat of an empty Boeing 767 which just had significant engine maintenance completed and had to be tested before returning to revenue service. Another opportunity to sit in the flight deck came up when a Boeing 747-400 was scheduled to go on a photoshoot mission for the company. I’m not sure what exactly the shoot was for, but it was exciting to sit-in again and watch the pilots in action, and this time I captured plenty of video.
The next four videos show the pushback, engine start, taxi, takeoff, climb, cruise, meeting up with the Learjet that had the photographers, flying around California, and then finally returning to San Francisco for landing. It was definitely weird being in an empty Boeing 747! I can only imagine how much it cost to fly for 4 hours without any revenue passengers.
Here is an overview of the flight from Flight Aware.