CF-CPI From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 1355 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 1 month 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4609 times:
TWA took delivery of several 747-131s directly from Boeing in 1970. I recently purchased a single seat that was taken out of one of these originals. It's a single F/C swivel seat, that MAY have come from the upstairs lounge, however it does not match any of the ones here:
The difference is that the ones shown here resemble baber's chairs, whereas mine is definitely a single F/C seat mounted on a pedestal. It has a tray in the armrest and all stereo and recline controls, reading light switch and call button like a regular seat. There is also a swivel lever down near the seat bottom cushion (though I can't make it swivel just yet). The manufacturing plate (Hardman Aerospace) is dated June 1970, so I speculate it was in N53110, delivered to TWA the following month. It's in the amber leopard spot pattern like some shown above, so a real period piece.
Can some expert anutter famliar with TWA from the period tell me:
1) Was this seat actually on the main deck somewhere? If so, was it similar to the swivel seats that were in TW's L-1011s, which could be set up for a dining table?
2) Does anyone have a seating chart or link for TW 747s as they were delivered in 1970?
If someone can tell me how to add upload an image from my comp, I could post a pic of the seat.