WestWing From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2146 posts, RR: 7 Posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4128 times:
On February 9, 1969, RA001, the prototype for new breed of wide-body passenger jets, made her maiden flight from Paine field. While we will soon see a bigger bird take to the air from Toulouse , I thought I'd post this reminder of what was certainly a great achievement 36 years ago.
Rsmith6621a From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 194 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3996 times:
>ONly 13,149 DAYS ago... 36 YEARS not bad<
If that Image had a wider angle to it you might see me to......I was standing holding my Daddys hand about 50 yards on the otherside of the Taxiway that day....I can remember it like it was yesterday.......Some of the Boeing workers were hedging bets on whether it would fly....My Dad won $70 daollars that day...
ZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5587 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3990 times:
That's really not bad. This great airliner is now almost 40 years old. I really love the 747 and I have flown on the -200, -300 and -400 many times with different airlines. But as a fan of this airliner I have to admit that it is time for a brand new aircraft in this size, like the A 380. I am really looking forward on its first flight, 36 years after the famous "Jumbo". The 747 was the first step into the modern civil aviation.
Ken777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 9003 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3897 times:
After more than a third of a century the 747 design still impresses me - especially when I'm able to get a seat on the upper deck. When you consider that the 747 production line is still active (but a bit slow) you realize that the 747 will be operational for well over half a century. That's a huge achievement.