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747 First Flight 36 Years Ago  
User currently offlineWestWing From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2134 posts, RR: 7
Posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3346 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.


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User currently offlineKDTWFlyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 828 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3234 times:

ONly 13,149 DAYS ago... 36 YEARS not bad




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User currently offlineRsmith6621a From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 194 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3214 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...

BTW....I was Eight Years old.



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User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5566 posts, RR: 36
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3208 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.

User currently offlineWestWing From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2134 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3170 times:

KDTWFlyer

Thanks for finding that picture. I had searched for it but did not find it.

Btw, the 737-700 also made its first flight on Feb 9th (in 1997).




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User currently onlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8216 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3115 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.

User currently offlineJoKeR From Serbia, joined Nov 2004, 2237 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3110 times:

Hats down to my dearest commercial airliner on a successful and long, fortunately, on-going career.

Well done Boeing and thank you for this magnificent machine!

Wow, a trip aboard these grand ladies, even today, for many is a "religious experience" including self  Laugh out loud



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User currently offlineClipperHawaii From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2033 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3102 times:

The worlds greatest commercial aircraft?

I'd say probably. When you look at the fact that it allowed more people to travel and opened up an even bigger industry that it already was.

Bill Allen and Juan Trippe are responsible for this airplane and because of those two men we have this amazing transportation industry that we have today.



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