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747 First Flight Feb 9, 1969 - Happy Anniversary!  
User currently offlineJAAlbert From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1553 posts, RR: 1
Posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3644 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.

Congrats Boeing!

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User currently offlinetravelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1586 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3633 times:

Congrats to Boeing! A beatifull sexy airliner like no other in the world. Also a salute to Boeing, it took considerably large cohonos to start this project and a real can-do attitude to finish it.


Live From Amsterdam!
User currently offlinetonyban From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 342 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3558 times:

The most beautiful lady in the sky...no one else can ever come close to this majestic bird !

User currently offlineSpeedbird741 From Portugal, joined Aug 2008, 654 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3536 times:

42 year old design and still the backbone of many airlines around the world.


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User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8968 posts, RR: 76
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3512 times:
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Hello everybody,

this thread let me break my silence. After 1 year and 3 months I just want to add my 2 cents to this great day.

For me the Boeing 747 has always been the best airliner out there. Now I am flying it myself and a dream came true.

It is a well designed bird, incredible redundant and I feel so safe and comfortable in there.

My favorite Boeing 747-400 picture:


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My office after my first 744 flight. Thanks to Tamas for that shot!


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Photo © Tamas Kolos-Lakatos



And my first picture of the 744 office on a.net:


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   To the next 42 years.

wilco737
  



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User currently offlinetravelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1586 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3505 times:

Still my favorite 747 photo;


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Live From Amsterdam!
User currently offlinetravelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1586 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3497 times:

Holy crap Wilco, welcome back! You don't know me, but I have certainly missed you! Are you here to stay?


Live From Amsterdam!
User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3475 times:

Happy birthday to the Queen of the Skies, forever.


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User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3740 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3403 times:
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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.

Ben Soriano



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User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10654 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3382 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.


User currently offlineRebelDJ From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3284 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!


User currently offlineLoran From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 531 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3255 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.


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Sunday will likely be my 12th and last 747-200B flight and I will particularly enjoy it. Trip report is to follow soon in here....

Regards,
Loran

[Edited 2011-02-09 09:33:35]


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User currently offlinePWMRamper From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 611 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3010 times:

The first ever Boeing 747, City of Everett.



User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24858 posts, RR: 22
Reply 13, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2979 times:

Quoting JAAlbert (Thread starter):
Today is the 42nd anniversary of the first flight of the very first commercial jumbo jet,

Today is also the 48th anniversary of the first flight of another significant Boeing type -- the 727.


User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2965 times:

Quoting American 767 (Reply 8):
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
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 13):
Quoting JAAlbert (Thread starter):
Today is the 42nd anniversary of the first flight of the very first commercial jumbo jet,

Today is also the 48th anniversary of the first flight of another significant Boeing type -- the 727.

Rats, beat me to it!



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User currently offlineGarpd From UK - Scotland, joined Aug 2005, 2624 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2951 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.



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User currently offlineAlitaliaDC10 From Australia, joined Dec 2008, 240 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2821 times:

Happy Birthday to a true icon of aviation.

It is always a pleasure to go on a 747! What a beauty.



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User currently offlineFlexJetOKC From United States of America, joined Feb 2011, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2821 times:

Happy Birthday Queen of the Skies! I hope we will see you for many more decades!


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User currently offline747LUVR From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 394 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2724 times:

I will be visitng City of Everett this summer while out west. Congrats to 42 wonderful years for the Queen of the Skys. 747LUVR

User currently offlineBN747 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5613 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2677 times:

Since pics are posted of fav 747 videos,

These two visuals have to be among the best to showcase 'the Beauty' in motion with many of the carriers that fly and flew her!

- When 747s Ruled the World -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpsj2TV2Vds



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuLEhBo5eyU



BN747



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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12128 posts, RR: 51
Reply 20, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2602 times:

She is my second favorite airliner, just behind her Daddy, the B-707.

User currently offlineazncsa4qf744er From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 690 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2602 times:

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 4):
For me the Boeing 747 has always been the best airliner out there. Now I am flying it myself and a dream came true.



Congrats! That feeling just can't be described with words...


User currently offlinemacsog6 From Singapore, joined Jan 2010, 525 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2582 times:
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Quoting American 767 (Reply 8):
Let it grace the skies for another 40 years

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.



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User currently offlinewarden145 From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2333 times:

Happy Anniversary to the mighty 747, and may she continue proudly with her head held up high for another 42 years!!

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 20):
She is my second favorite airliner, just behind her Daddy, the B-707.

   Couldn't have said it better myself!



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User currently offlineKL5147 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2005, 324 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2304 times:

Congrats!

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.

Bart



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