JAAlbert From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1493 posts, RR: 1 Posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3561 times:
Today is the 42nd anniversary of the first flight of the very first commercial jumbo jet, the queen of the skies, the flag ship of airlines for decades, the U.S. Govt. ship of state, the plane that changed commerical aviation and spawned a torrent of thriller movies! Yes, our own 747, still a classic beauty and an aircraft that looks like she means business in the air. In just a few days she comes out from under the surgeon's knife and we'll see the face lift and tummy tuck that should keep her looking good and staying fit for another 20 years.
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3653 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3320 times:
Definitely deserves the title of Queen of the Skies even 4 decades after when its main competitor, the A380, took to the skies. Let it grace the skies for another 40 years. If you go to the Museum of Flight in Seattle WA, you can see the very first Boeing 747 that took to the air back in 1969, that one is to be preserved for ever.
For those who are fond of the 737, I'm not but I know some of you are, Feb 9th is also the anniversary of the first flight of a Next Generation 737 aircraft, 700 Series. The first 73G made its maiden flight on Feb 9th 1997.
na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10367 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3299 times:
Congratulations to the Queen of the Skies, the most iconic winged airplane ever!
With no competition far and wide it´ll likely remain that way until the day I die. I still remember when I saw the first one in the early 70s, and I´m looking forward to fly on another 744 next month and the new 748I next year.
RebelDJ From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3201 times:
Quoting travelavnut (Reply 1): it took considerably large cohonos to start this project and a real can-do attitude to finish it.
Completely agree! Much the same can be said of the Apollo programme which was also approaching it's goal at around the same time (the Eagle landed on July 20, 1969). That must have been a time of great optimism and a fantastic time to be in aerospace. I would like to think that we could do the same now ... but I'm not so sure. Well done Boeing!
Loran From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 507 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3172 times:
Luckily the 747 will still be around for years.
Great to know that I will be flying this beauty about 3 hrs from now on the 42nd anniversary of the 747! I am booked into the upper deck to BKK and return on Sunday this week. It is a 1982 built ex-NZ bird presently logged close to 96'000 hours and 17'800 cycles.
Garpd From UK - Scotland, joined Aug 2005, 2586 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks ago) and read 2868 times:
Crikey, CoE is looking drab.
She needs a good lick of paint. Maybe she'll get one for the 45th or 50th Anniversary?
The 747 is truely one of those iconic symbols of a way of life that will never be forgotten.
Long after jet aircraft are as outdated as horse carriages are today, long after the 757s, A320s and 767s of today have been forgotten, the 747 will still be seen as an icon that helped change the way we travel and made the word smaller.
I will never forget that day in SGN in 1971 or 72, while coming in to land, I looked out and saw an AF 747-100 on the ground. Yes, I had seen C-5's and such, but the grace and beauty of that aircraft was so overwhelming to me then, as it is now. I don't care who the carrier is, be it CX, QF, LH, BA or who, I always feel like I am home when I get on the big bird.
Long Live the Queen.
Sixty Plus Years of Flying! "I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things." - Saint Ex
KL5147 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2005, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2221 times:
I have no intention in hijacking this post but with the focus on this event maybe some-one can give me some help to this 747 First Flight related topic.
A famous picture which was often used by the press in the early years of the Boeing 747 was this picture of a boy looking up to the nose of a Boeing 747 (I guess it was a TWA bird)
I remember vaquely that during the anniversary of the 747 (25th ?!?, 30th ?!?) the idea of this picture was used again.
The boy (a man then) took the same position, but now on the left of the a/c. The old and new pic where then paintshopped together to make a new pic.
I did some search on the internet, but no results found. Does anybody know that picture? For which anniversary was it made?
Thankz for your help.