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38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Fri Feb 09, 2007 5:16 pm

The first flight of the 747 took place 38 years ago today at PAE. Cheers, yes?
 
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Fri Feb 09, 2007 5:47 pm



Yes it's the first 747 flight anniversary. I discovered this back in 2002, when I looked about specials events that occured this day. February 9th is very special to me as this is the day I became a father. My son Ewan was born that day and now when I ask him "Do you prefer the Super-Jumbo or the Jumbo?" he replies "The jumbo! I want to fly it in the hump!"... Happy birthday Ewan!

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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Fri Feb 09, 2007 6:31 pm

I remember the first 747 I ever saw . . .

It was at SEA, and it was a NW bird. Landing from the north. I was probably 11, maybe 12 years old. After living in AS Air Limited (Kenya)">SE Alaska for years and seeing the biggest thing in our area, generally an AS 727-100 - unless in my small hometown, then it was a Twin Otter or a PBY Catalina (with the rare occasional DC-3) I couldn't believe the size of the thing.

Congrats to the 747 . . . .

Quoting Gunsontheroof (Thread starter):
Cheers, yes?

Definitely  yes 
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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Fri Feb 09, 2007 6:51 pm

Quoting Alphafloor (Reply 1):
Happy birthday Ewan!

Happy B-day indeed!

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 2):
I remember the first 747 I ever saw . . .

I think mine was either a TWA 747-100 or 747SP.

Quoting Gunsontheroof (Thread starter):
Cheers, yes?

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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Fri Feb 09, 2007 6:56 pm

1969: Boeing successfully tests its new 747 jumbo jet.

As commercial air travel boomed in the 1960s, the need for a plane capable of handling more passengers than Boeing's reliable old warhorse, the 707, became obvious.

But the technology of jet-engine design was changing rapidly, too, and the feeling was that any new aircraft built using existing subsonic engines would soon be made obsolete by planes capable of supersonic flight.

So the 747 was designed to be easily convertible to hauling cargo, which Boeing believed would ensure its long-term sustainability.

The first plane rolled out on September 30, 1968, less than three years after Pan Am had signed the letter of intent. Development costs to that time were said to exceed $1 billion plus the cost of the new plant. The first flight took place on February 9, 1969, a little past the target date of December 17, 1968



Flight tests between February and December revealed several problems, the most significant with the engines, which were underpowered for the increase in weight and size that had occurred since earlier designs. The engine problem hadn't been solved by the time the plane entered service in January 1970, and airlines experienced one delay after another because of engine troubles.

At one point early in 1970, Boeing had some 30 planes parked at its plant that could not be delivered until Pratt & Whitney had corrected the deficiencies of its JT-9D engine. It took a year before the engine problems were solved. In the meantime, too little money was coming in, the country was experiencing an economic recession, and new orders were drying up. The company almost went broke.



Configured for commercial passenger service, the original 747-100 could carry more than twice as many passengers as the 707, between 366 and 452. It was propelled by four Pratt & Whitney high-bypass turbofan jets and designed with a number of redundancies and backup systems to ensure maximum safety of the aircraft. The first 747 entered commercial service with Pan American Airways in 1970.

In the end, commercial supersonic flight proved a bust, for various financial, environmental and technical reasons. The 747, meanwhile, expected to be obsolete after 400 were built, surpassed 1,000 aircraft in 1993 and, with several series modifications, remains in production to this day.



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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Fri Feb 09, 2007 7:08 pm



Maiden flight from PAE, February 9, 2007 (Boeing)



Mount Rainier looming over the Flight Test flight line at Boeing Field - May, 1969. Visible in the photo are the first 747, the first 737, and the Dash 80. (Boeing)
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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Fri Feb 09, 2007 8:22 pm

Quoting Keesje (Reply 4):
Flight tests between February and December revealed several problems, the most significant with the engines, which were underpowered for the increase in weight and size that had occurred since earlier designs. The engine problem hadn't been solved by the time the plane entered service in January 1970, and airlines experienced one delay after another because of engine troubles.

At one point early in 1970, Boeing had some 30 planes parked at its plant that could not be delivered until Pratt & Whitney had corrected the deficiencies of its JT-9D engine. It took a year before the engine problems were solved. In the meantime, too little money was coming in, the country was experiencing an economic recession, and new orders were drying up. The company almost went broke.

Some of this is true of course, some of it pure urban legend. Let's add some historical context to more fully and accurately recount what really happened.

The ramp-up of 747 production was not in actuality at the core of Boeing's financial distress at the time. In reality, the severe business set-back/contraction Boeing Commercial Aircraft suffered in the early-seventies was mostly attributable to the cancellation of the American SST program, and an economic recession in the North American economy which hit the airline industry particularly hard, leading to a severe decline in orders, as well as order cancellations, across all product lines. In fact, so many people left the Puget Sound region to look for work elsewhere because of job cuts at Boeing, that two local real estate agents put up a billboard reading "Will the last person leaving Seattle — Turn out the lights."



Boeing delivered 96 741s to 17 customers/operators by December 31, 1970, which was 1-year and 1-day after the 741 achieved type/production certification on December 30, 1969. Additionally, Boeing had delivered a cumulative total of 165 741s & 742s by December 31 1971, which was more than the total order backlog for the 747 program of 158 units at the time of the 747s (RA001) maiden flight on February 9, 1969. It would be interesting to know which, if any, deliveries in the queue were delayed for up to one-year (a common misconception/urban legend)?

IMO, Boeing's Joe Sutter and the "Incredibles" (the legendary 747 design, engineering, and production team) ability to deal with adversity and deliver 165 747s between December 1969 and December 1971, despite severe problems with the JT9D engine, which wasn't at bottom an engineering or management failure attributable to the "Incredibles," was a major contributing factor in the company's ultimate recovery. In the end, it was likely Pratt & Whitney that bore the brunt of the financial penalties associated with the early versions of JT9D.

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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Fri Feb 09, 2007 9:11 pm

IMO the definitive recounting of 747 story is "747 - Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation" by Joe Sutter (with Jay Spencer), published last year.



Randy Baseler has published a couple of interesting interviews with Mr. Sutter in his blog.

http://www.boeing.com/randy/archives/2006/08/index.html



Messrs Sutter & Baseler, Summer 2006

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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Fri Feb 09, 2007 11:33 pm

Quoting Leelaw (Reply 6):
Boeing delivered 96 741s to 17 customers/operators by December 31, 1970, which was 1-year and 1-day after the 741 achieved type/production certification on December 30, 1969. Additionally, Boeing had delivered a cumulative total of 165 741s & 742s by December 31 1971, which was more than the total order backlog for the 747 program of 158 units at the time of the 747s (RA001) maiden flight on February 9, 1969. It would be interesting to know which, if any, deliveries in the queue were delayed for up to one-year (a common misconception/urban legend)?

IMO, Boeing's Joe Sutter and the "Incredibles" (the legendary 747 design, engineering, and production team) ability to deal with adversity and deliver 165 747s between December 1969 and December 1971, despite severe problems with the JT9D engine, which wasn't at bottom an engineering or management failure attributable to the "Incredibles," was a major contributing factor in the company's ultimate recovery. In the end, it was likely Pratt & Whitney that bore the brunt of the financial penalties associated with the early versions of JT9D.

Thanks for setting the record straight.....the 747 is truly the queen of the skies....and there is no king as of yet... smile 

Just realised that its almost 35 years since my own first flight on a 742....
 
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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Sat Feb 10, 2007 12:58 am

Quoting Leelaw (Reply 7):
IMO the definitive recounting of 747 story is "747 - Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation" by Joe Sutter (with Jay Spencer), published last year.

Definitely! I just finished reading that book and I learned a great deal about how the 747 came to be. A very worthwhile read IMO

We also can't forget the 727... it's first flight was February 9th 1963. It was a coincidence that the 747 first flew on the same day. The first flight was originally slated for December 17th, but the 747 wasn't ready yet. Eventually, a new date (the 9th) was set for the first flight. As the 9th grew nearer, someone realized that the 747 would be flying on the anniversary of the 727's first flight.

Quoting Leelaw (Reply 6):
despite severe problems with the JT9D engine

Boeing test pilots were having trouble with the engines surging which sent long trails of flame out both ends of the engine and made a very loud bang. P&W was reluctant to put the money and time necessary into the engine to get the problems ironed out. The engineers at Boeing were getting frustrated with this, so finally they took some P&W execs up in the 747. The pilots surged two of the engines on purpose and this freaked out the P&W people. After that flight, more time and money was put into the JT9D program!

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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Sat Feb 10, 2007 1:28 am

And we will enjoy the 747 for at least 30 years more ! And with my favorite airline my future employer !! (I hope so  Smile)

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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Sat Feb 10, 2007 2:18 am

Still my favorite! I will never forget my first flight on a NW 742 in '87 to Narita and then on a NW 744 ferry flight from Detroit to MSP in '94 Big grin

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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Sat Feb 10, 2007 2:30 am

Quoting Leelaw (Reply 5):
Visible in the photo are the first 747, the first 737, and the Dash 80. (Boeing)

I always think this was Boeing's engineering heyday with this pic, the 707/747 comparison pic, and pics of the 741's first flight.
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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Sat Feb 10, 2007 3:03 am

Here Here...a great day in history....Will Boeing have any 40th Anniversary plans? I hope so.....  birthday   champagne 
 
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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Sat Feb 10, 2007 3:12 am

Quoting Leelaw (Reply 5):
Maiden flight from PAE, February 9, 2007

What a silly gaffe on my part.  embarrassed  Hope I haven't authored a new urban legend for the "Queen" to live down.  banghead 
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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Sat Feb 10, 2007 3:22 am

I'm really dating myself with this. But I also remember my first 747 flight. I was stationed aboard a destroyer in Athens Greece. In the summer of 1972 I flew home to Columbus Ohio on leave. ATH-JFK on a TWA 747-131. Stopped in Rome but can't remember which airport. JFK-CMH on a TWA Convair 880. Its been so long ago, but for some reason the flight number seems to have been 840/841. Can someone confirm that from ancient history.
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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Sat Feb 10, 2007 3:46 am

Quoting Oznznut (Reply 15):
ATH-JFK on a TWA 747-131.

TWA 840/841 was the JFK-ATH flight operated USUALLY by a 747-100. Youre not dating yourself with this, I have taken this pairing so much, my last flight was just a few days before TWA terminated ATH service. In the 80's though TWA would switch the equipment sometimes with either a 767-200ER, or a 747SP. Towards the end my last few flights were on 767-300's.
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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Sat Feb 10, 2007 3:58 am

Cheers to the greatest airplane ever!

And: Happy flying for the next 38 years!
 
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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Sat Feb 10, 2007 4:48 am

Quoting Oznznut (Reply 15):
I'm really dating myself with this. But I also remember my first 747 flight

I guess I have the same age problem..lol

My first flight was spring, 1970. My dad was a TWA dispatcher based at JFK. For a 'family outing' we used passes to fly on a newly delivered 747 from New York to Chicago. The flight was only 1/3 full and the near empty cabin looked HUGE.

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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Sat Feb 10, 2007 4:55 am

The 747 is very special to me because when my mother came to the US in 1975 it was on a Pan Am 747.
 
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Sat Feb 10, 2007 8:51 am

Almost every day in the summer a NW 744 will scream over my house. I hope to fly on the 747.
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Sat Feb 10, 2007 9:05 am

Not a day goes by when I wonder why I never had the privilege of flying on a Boeing 747. I hope that one day I'll have the chance.

Here's to the Boeing 747, the one and ONLY Queen of the Skies!  champagne 

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Sat Feb 10, 2007 11:37 am

Quoting Nomadic (Reply 18):
The flight was only 1/3 full and the near empty cabin looked HUGE.

I remember one of the 747SP flights having a few empty rows in theback so my mom took me there and I thought i wason a bed bigger than my own!! I was oh...4-5 yrs old I believe at the time.
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Sat Feb 10, 2007 12:38 pm

It's one of my favorites too. I've been lucky to have flown on 747s of quite a few carriers and on every model (100/200/300/400 and SP) since my first 747 flight LAX-HNL in April 1970 on Pan Am, 3 months after the 747 went into service (probably a few months prematurely considering the chronic engine problems and frequent delays due to various issues involving the early P&W JT9D engines).

My last 747 flights were last month AMS-MEX-AMS on KLM 744s. There's still something about a 747 that sets it apart from everything else, and 38 years after its first flight, it's still the fastest airliner of all since Concorde was retired. Other 747s I've flown in the intervening 37 years:

Air Canada, CP Air, Canadian, Wardair, TWA, United, Northwest, British Airways, Lufthansa, Sabena, Swissair, Iberia, Alitalia, South African, Qantas, Air New Zealand, JAL, Cathay Pacific, Aerolineas Argentinas.
 
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Sat Feb 10, 2007 1:23 pm

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 2):
I remember the first 747 I ever saw . . .

Me too! It was back in '71 at the airport then known as Friendship International Airport! Back then at the beginning of the "Me Decade," we were considered the also-ran! IAD was growing leaps and bounds and getting all the glamor flights. DCA had been accepting jets for five years so the politcos could make a quick exit for their trysts. And, there we were, 45 miles Northeast up I-95! This bird was a Pan Am clipper and it used a gate on the North side which is now Concourse E. From the main roadway you could see the tail towering over the terminal!

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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Sat Feb 10, 2007 1:54 pm

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 21):
Here's to the Boeing 747, the one and ONLY Queen of the Skies!

Yes, yes I agree with you 100%. And when the A380 enters service, the 747 will always be the queen of the skies and the only jumbo I'll want to fly.
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Sat Feb 10, 2007 2:03 pm

Quoting WN230 (Reply 25):
Yes, yes I agree with you 100%. And when the A380 enters service, the 747 will always be the queen of the skies and the only jumbo I'll want to fly.

I agree with you, the 747 is the Queen; however, I'd never turn down an opportunity to fly on a 380 or for that matter any other A, B. or MD wide bodied bird!
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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Sat Feb 10, 2007 2:22 pm

Quoting Zippyjet (Reply 26):
I agree with you, the 747 is the Queen; however, I'd never turn down an opportunity to fly on a 380 or for that matter any other A, B. or MD wide bodied bird!

While I also would fly on the A380, MD-11, DC-10 et al given the chance, there's still no denying that the 747 will continue to be the Queen of the Skies.  Wink

Speaking of which, I found an old safety video of a TW 747-100.
 
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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Sat Feb 10, 2007 3:37 pm

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 27):
Speaking of which, I found an old safety video of a TW 747-100.

Can anybody place a date to that video (it's fantastic!)? My first guess was mid-late '90s, but the permission of smoking pre-dates the '90s by a bit.

Happy B-Day 747. I've only flown on 747s twice; both PA Flt 225 JFK-SXM and PA 226 SXM-JFK Apr 85; to SXM was N9670 depicted above; returning was a substitution to a 747SP, not sure of tail number. Have to find those pics. No 747 pics in the DB @ SXM in the mid-80s!
 
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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Sat Feb 10, 2007 7:17 pm

On December 31, 2006, in a 24-page, 15-article special section: " Boeing's 747: An Engine Of Change," the Everett Herald took a look at Boeing's 40 years in Everett and what those years have meant to its employees, the local communities, and commercial aviation.

http://heraldnet.com/boeing/40th/
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Sat Feb 10, 2007 7:25 pm

My first flight aboard a Boeing 747-400 occurred on the last day of Feburary last year, flying QF. The plane is just magnificent. Boeing 747 4ever!
 
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Sun Feb 11, 2007 6:07 am

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 27):
Speaking of which, I found an old safety video of a TW 747-100.

That was a great video!!!! Big grin
 
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Sun Feb 11, 2007 6:18 am

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Here's to the Boeing 747, the one and ONLY Queen of the Skies!

Agreed!!

In the summer of 1975, when I was nine years old, I got the chance to see "Airport '75" at a drive-in in Lamar, MO...I couldn't have cared less about the plot - all I cared about was the REAL star of the film, N9675:


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As an even younger child, I remember being at LAX at watching in utter rapture as a Pan Am 747 lumbered down a runway and somehow, magically, slowly became airborne, defying every bit of logic a young child could muster - how could something SO large be so graceful?

I have unfortunately only flown twice on a 747, but I worked very hard to ensure that I would be on this mighty plane: the first time was in August, 1987, going to New York City. TWA flight #840 was my chariot - I have always wished I had taken down registrations, as I don't know which TWA 747 this was. The second time was more recently when UA was scheduling LAX-ORD on a 747-400. The check-in agent at SAN asked me why I wasn't taking a non-stop...I replied, "you couldn't pry me off this flight with a crowbar!! Besides, how much longer will I have a chance to fly one of these domestically?" She smiled. On that flight, I struck up a conversation with a flight attendant, who told me that the 747 is his favorite aircraft to work - and then proceeded to give me a brief tour of the plane, and after landing also got me in for a cockpit tour!!

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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Sun Feb 11, 2007 6:43 am

Quoting B52murph (Reply 28):
Can anybody place a date to that video (it's fantastic!)? My first guess was mid-late '90s, but the permission of smoking pre-dates the '90s by a bit.

The caption on Youtube says that it's a safety video dating from the late 80's to early 90's.
 
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Sun Feb 11, 2007 7:03 am

I have never flown on a 747, but i have walked around frame #1 at the Boeing Museum of Flight. It is amazing how such a large plane is so graceful, on the ground and in the air. There will never be another airplane as beautiful as the 747.


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Sun Feb 11, 2007 9:29 am

That safety video was done when those safety cards were introduced fleetwide in 1991. I used to have that memorized everytime hopping on 840/841 to/from ATH.
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Sun Feb 11, 2007 9:41 am

Wonderful aircraft the 747, my first flight was the first flight from London to New York on Pan Am as I worked for PAA in those days. A long time ago it seems
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Sun Feb 11, 2007 10:09 am

Quoting Flyboyseven (Reply 34):
have never flown on a 747, but i have walked around frame #1 at the Boeing Museum of Flight. It is amazing how such a large plane is so graceful, on the ground and in the air. There will never be another airplane as beautiful as the 747.

The first Wardair picture was the aircraft I took the kids on to BGI in 1983, thank you so much for posting it, brings back a lot of very happy memories. It is even taken at the BGI airport

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Sun Feb 11, 2007 10:15 am

Quoting WesternA318 (Reply 3):
Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 2):I remember the first 747 I ever saw . . .
I think mine was either a TWA 747-100 or 747SP.

My first airplane flight ever was on an AA 747, LAX to JFK. June 1971. Very, very memorable.
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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Sun Feb 11, 2007 10:43 am

Isn't it the 25 anniversary of the RB211 some time this year, many a 74 has been pushed round the skies by this venerable piece of technology in one form or another. Big grin
 
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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Sun Feb 11, 2007 11:12 am

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 27):
Speaking of which, I found an old safety video of a TW 747-100.

Thank you for posting that.
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Sun Feb 11, 2007 2:51 pm

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 27):
Speaking of which, I found an old safety video of a TW 747-100.

That is a great video! Thanks for posting.

Is it me or does that safety video seem a lot more intelligent and thorough than the ones we view today, which are somewhat dummied down?
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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Sun Feb 11, 2007 3:16 pm

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Air Canada 747 in the Early 1990's. I love This Old Scheme


The 747 is absolutely the most beautiful and elegant aircraft of all time! I was so happy when I learned about the 748, and that the 747 was still to be around for years to come!

Quoting LHStarAlliance (Reply 10):

That 748 in Lufthansa colours is just GORGEOUS!

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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Sun Feb 11, 2007 4:18 pm

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 21):
Here's to the Boeing 747, the one and ONLY Queen of the Skies!

Yes!!!! Congrats on 38 years 747!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 32):
As an even younger child, I remember being at LAX at watching in utter rapture as a Pan Am 747 lumbered down a runway and somehow, magically, slowly became airborne, defying every bit of logic a young child could muster - how could something SO large be so graceful?

Wow, that's a great description. Save the fact that I didn't see a PanAm 747, I thought exactly the same thing when I saw a 747 takeoff for the first time. It's one of those moments where one falls in love with aviation.

All the best to you 747, wishing you many many more safe and happy flights. Big grin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Sun Feb 11, 2007 4:58 pm

My God..

it's truly astonishing to see how far the 747 family has come. Not only from the -100 variant to the -400, but onto the -800. I'm glad Boeing is in the process of producing a new version so she can continue to sit on her throne.  Big grin

As far as the A380 goes, I love the plane, but it has a whole lot to prove before she can be called the queen of the skies. The 747 takes the title not only for her size but for her accomplishments..

what a coincidence...I just started playing a song on iTunes which has been played 38 times..

go figure..
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RE: 38th Anniversary Of First 747 Flight Today!

Sun Feb 11, 2007 7:44 pm

The one and only time I've ever been on a 747 was when I flew JFK-MAD return in 1994, on a TWA 747-131. It was also the first one I ever saw in person!

My trip report about my TWA 747 trip to Spain: "My First 747 Trip: Spain (IND-JFK-MAD 1994)" RE: My First 747 Trip: Spain (IND-JFK-MAD 1994) (by Parisien Feb 27 2005 in Trip Reports)?searchid=55034&s=IND-JFK-MAD#ID55034

Of all the frequent trips I've ever taken (and I've been over the Atlantic a lot now), the 747 trip I took to Spain in 1994 was my most memorable one. I remember it vividly to this day--as if I just took the trip yesterday! I even remember the interior of the TWA 747--it was just like the one in the TWA 747 safety video posted earlier, right down to the large bins and the window design!

In April this year, I'll be flying on my 2nd 747--a BA 747-400 from LHR-LAX return. I'm quite excited!

You can tell I'm quite a 747 fanatic--even my username SmithAir747 refers to my fantasy private 747!





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