CodyKDiamond From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 537 posts, RR: 1 Posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5585 times:
Today, 40 years ago, N7470, the first 747, was rolled out of Boeing's Everett facility outside of Seattle. The aircraft, which was the world's first jumbo jet, has revolutionized commercial air travel over it's past 39 years of flight. It was a marvel in aviation. Luckily, we still have N7470 with us at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. No matter what comes on the market next, whether the A380, or Boeing's own 787, the 747 will always be the Queen of the Skies and will continue to grace them for decades to come!
Let this thread serve as a keepsake for your memories of the 747, by posting pictures of the exact tail numbers you have been on, want to be on, or have seen.
Ag92 From India, joined Jul 2006, 1317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5566 times:
The Boeing 747 has been a great plane, however the life in commercial aviation seems to be coming to an end, however for anyone who was born in a generation where the Boeing 747 was the biggest in the sky, for them it would remain a memory for a long time
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5492 times:
I first flew on a 747 in 1972 when I was 11 years old. It was a 742 of SAA and since then I flew on all the variants SAA had. I also flew BA (one of which was the first 747 with RR engines and at the time ,1977, held the record for heaviest takeoff by a commercial airliner), Qantas and Lufthansa. Living very close to JNB for 34 years I have seen thousands of 747s going in and out and it is still the most amazing aircraft to see in the air.
The SP was the rocketship of the air, it seemed to stand on its tail and climb for space. Once I flew jumpseat on an SAA SP JNB-DUR which is only a 50 minute flight but we went all the way up to FL410 because, as the Captain said, "we can!"
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
Kiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8565 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5433 times:
I have had the good luck over the years to travel on 744s of NZ , QF , TG , SQ , LH , MH and CX as well as -200 ( NZ ) SP ( QF ) -300 ( QF ) and next month I will fly CDG-MRU on an AF -400 - she may be going out of fashion but she is still special to me - happy birthday and many happy returns
Moderation in all things ... including moderation ;-)
Jfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8375 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5300 times:
My best flight have been on both long ago and recent 747's. In the 1980 on TWA to and from JFK from Europe in Ambassador Class, in the 1990's on Singapore and Qantas Business Class on trips to Australia and HKG & Singapore. Most memorable is Qantas Upper Deck with Foster's all the way to SYD, a day flight from LAX to SYD is definiely better then arrival in Sydney a 6am.
Alessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5156 times:
30th of september 1968 according to Wiki and commercial since 1970, anyways, a programme which was expected to run for around 50 planes, defined it´s doubters and made it big.
4,5 months between rollout and maiden flight surely tells how bogged up the B787 programme is.
UPPERDECKFAN From Spain, joined Jun 2007, 992 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5148 times:
My first was as a kid on the upperdeck of UA's 742 on JFK-LAX, how I miss those days when the upper deck were lounges, remember spending most of the flight playing with my little brother on the carpet with my parents sitting in the bar.......
Vambridge From South Africa, joined Apr 2001, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4770 times:
I flew on the 747 for the first time by pure chance. My wife and I were scheduled to fly to Cape Town from Johannesburg on the A300. As things worked out our flight was delayed, and we ended up being booked on a later flight on the same day. The aircraft was being positioned for the evening departure to LHR out of Cape Town. This was in November 2000, and we flew ZS-SAP 'Swartberg", a series -200.
On 31 July 2001 I flew to New York via SAL on ZS-SAW "Bloemfonteim". This was my first 747-400 flight, and I returned on 4 August 2001 on ZS-SAX "Kempton Park", also a -400 of course, and at the time the longest non-stop flight by distance covered in the world.
In December 2001 I flew to Bangkok from JNB on ZS-SPC "Maluti", an -SP, and flew back from BKK to JNB on Christmas day on ZS-SAL "Tafelberg", a series -200 again.
I also grew up in Kempton Park, which is the town where JNB is actually located, and watched thousands of departures from my classroom, house, the runway thresholds and all over. My favourites were the "classic" departures early and late afternoon to the Far East.
Af773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2688 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4594 times:
747s I've seen:
NW 742- I've seen a coupe times around MSP
NW 742F- same as the NW 742's
NW 744- I see a lot at MSP and during the summer take off low over my house
UA 744- saw it at MSP and probably my first time seeing a 747 not in NW scheme
Kalitta Air 742F- inflight over my house for the RNC
Unidentified 744F- taxiing at MSP. didn't have any letters so I'm not much who the owner is
Now I want to a KL 744 at MSP like the good old times when you could see at least ten 747s at MSP. I also hope to fly on a 747 before all of them are used for cargo and not passengers but that'll probably be awhile since the 748I is coming.
Je89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2361 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4546 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW PHOTO SCREENER
Had quite a number of flights on all versions of the B747, except the B747SP. From riding on the upper deck of a JAL B747-200 to gripping onto the armrest on an NZ B747-200 during some bad turbulence, or just simply watching a sunrise or sunset from this beast, all my B747 moments will never be forgotten. I hope there will be many more experiences to come. Here are some memorable moments of my B747 experience I have managed to capture:
PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4498 times:
Happiest of Birthdays to the Eternal Queen Of The Skies!!
You're as much a looker today as you were when you rolled off the showroom floor...
My earliest memory of a 747 was at LAX. The family always had to travel from Bakersfield (poor, sad, service-less BFL...) to pick up relatives. In the early 1970's, I remember watching from one of the terminals - back when non-passengers could actually go INTO the terminals - all the planes taking off. Fascinating, yes, but only when I saw a Pan Am 747 lumbering down the runway and slowly clawing its way into the air was I truly mesmerized.
"How can something that BIG get into the air?"
A scale model Pan Am 747 forever sealed the love.
"Airport '75" - every B actor in Hollywood, but the true star was N9675:
I couldn't have cared less who said what in the movie - the air-to-air photography is INCREDIBLE!! No stock footage for this movie...
In 1987, I finally got the opportunity to fly in one - LAX-JFK on TWA. The size of the plane was not lost on me - I explored whenever I had the chance!!
My only other 747 flight was in May, 2005, when I went to visit a friend and flew SAN-LAX-ORD. The agent offered to rebook me on a non-stop flight, but I refused - I was going to fly a 747-400 before they were gone from domestic flights forever!! I made friends with the crew, and they gave me a personal tour of the plane during the flight, and then a visit to the cockpit after we docked. WOW!!!!!!!!!
There will never be another like her. Hip, hip...HOORAY!! Hip, hip...HOORAY!! Hip, hip...HOORAY!!
Pan Am:The World's Most Experienced Airline - P(oor) S(ailor's) A(irline): San Diego's Hometown Airline-Catch Our Smile!
Prebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6451 posts, RR: 54
Reply 24, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4128 times:
My memories of the 747 are not so great, but rather unrelated to the plane as such.
In the late 70'es SAS used the CPH - JFK sector. It came in to CPH very early in the morning, then continued to ARN. Also at that time SAS was reluctant to decide upon their international hub (CPH vs ARN), therefore the 747 from JFK went to both. And it also took new pax on the one hour CPH - ARN sector.
I used it a few times on the CPH - ARN sector for morning business meetings in Stoclholm. But it was always terribly late from JFK. And it took for ever to unload a few hundred sleepy American tourists. On my last 747 flight they suddenly discovered that they had accidentally unloaded a hundred bags which should have continued to ARN. That added one hour to the already long delay.
Then especially on the 747-100 it took for ever to get all four PW engines spinning, typically 15-20 minutes. So a DC-9 was actually 30-40% faster from doors closed to doors open on the CPH-ARN sector.
I remember especially my last such flight on a 747. Our Norwegian colleagues, upon arrival at ARN, noticed the second SAS plane arriving from CPH, expected us to be on that plane and tried to share taxi with us. To no avail, because we were on the first morning plane. We arrived several hours late just before lunchtime.
We tried to convince the Norwegian friends that we hadn't missed the alarm clock, and we were actually on the FIRST morning plane. To this day I'm not sure they believe us.
We should have taken the train instead - would have been faster.
After a few experiences like that I avoided the 747 in the future at any price, even when I had to take a late night plane and instead and sleep at a hotel in Stockholm.
Quoting CodyKDiamond (Thread starter): The aircraft, which was the world's first jumbo jet, has revolutionized commercial air travel over it's past 39 years of flight.
Revolution is a big word here. The 707 and DC-8 revolutionized air travel a lot more a decade earlier. It was twice as big, just like the A380 is twice as big as the A340. I would rather call that evolution.
It entered service a very short time before two slightly smaller cousins, the DC-10 and the Tristar. But unlike its cousins, its creator had resources not only to stay in business, but also to develope the bird over time into a lot more potent thing. Also the DC-10 got updated (MD-11), but it failed somehow after "only" 25 years, mainly because its creator lacked the resources to create a more reviced and more efficient wing, and grossly overselling performance figures by the MD sales staff.
The 747 was the largest and most durable of the big trio, but it didn't revolutionize anything. It was "only" the more successful member of an evolution process in which all the world's large airliner manufacturers of the era took part.
Because it took over much fuselage structure, including the posibility of a front cargo door, from Boeing's C-5A competitor, it got the same hump as the C-5A, which not only makes it look rather differently, but also quite pretty in the eyes of most people.
SAS only used the 747 for a rather brief period of time. Its successor, the DC-10, lasted a lot longer time in SAS service.
Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
: Flew yesterday on this particular aircraft, RP-C8168. Also took the same aircraft going to Manila two weeks ago. I always take PR's B744 flights rathe
: I think B747 did revolutionary airtravel even though the early ones had engine problems, the MD-11 successor you where thinking about was called AM30
: Airport 1975 and Airport 1977 were the best aviation related movies EVER! I could care less what those so called 'experts' and movie critics say. The
: It's interesting that another memorable airliner, Concorde, made its first flight March 2, 1969, just 3 weeks after the 747. And four months later, m