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User currently offlineWingscrubber From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 852 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2459 times:

I found a popular science article about the launch of the 747 in passenger service from 1969, on google books, which might be of interest to some.
http://books.google.com/books?id=wSo...=stol%20and%20high%20speed&f=false

There are some amusing comments about 'needing an extra male cabin crew to fix minor things in flight and serve as a reassuring presence', plus the need for a passenger bulkhead at amidships 'to prevent considerable altering of trim in flight'.  


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User currently offlinetype-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2438 times:

I first flew on a 747 a few weeks after TW received theirs. They did have a special rep onboard to answer any questions passengers may have about the 747. I asked the guy what the clean stall speed was, and he just said that the aircraft never stalls and moved on.... So I imagine he was probably just a P/R guy put onboard for looks and actually probably didn't know a lot about aircraft.
But it was in the first week of July 1970 and it was a real blast flying on a 747 for the first time!


User currently offlinegr8circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3116 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2106 times:

Thanks for posting this.....really brings back the memories....I was a little boy when the 747 made its first appearance at BOM in mid 1971.....got to fly on it in May 1972 (AI 742).....great memories   

User currently offlinenomadic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1528 times:

Quoting type-rated (Reply 1):
They did have a special rep onboard to answer any questions passengers may have about the 747. I asked the guy what the clean stall speed was, and he just said that the aircraft never stalls and moved on.... So I imagine he was probably just a P/R guy put onboard for looks and actually probably didn't know a lot about aircraft.

The TWA Passenger Service Representative was aboard all 747 flights to supervise the 12 hostesses and oversee cabin service. He was also there to answer questions and point out features of the huge new aircraft. According to TWA publications at the time, the PSR went through the same training program as a hostess and in addition had a course in aeronautics and the 747 in particular. The PSR was a high-profile position aboard the most talked-about airliner in the world. TWA was proud of the fact they had the first 747s in domestic US service. It seems strange that there would be someone aboard who did not know anything about the plane.

My first 747 was with TWA in April, 1970, only a month after they began service. The flight was between New York, JFK and Chicago. Is aircraft was transferred to the New York/San Fancisco route for the peak


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