I'll never forget the first time I saw a 747 at the age of 12! I was on a school trip to Caracas, and we had a stopover at Curaçao. I remember my best friend and I were doing what two little boys do, just going here and there in the airport. When we got to the viewing area, we were suddenly stopped dead in our tracks by the fierce sight of a KLM 747 parked directly in front of the viewing glass. We were directly in front of the nose, as we gazed in awe over the length and ferocity of the beast. It was breathtakingly beautiful with all those curves, that huge wing, the huge nose high off the ground. It kicked so much ass, it even had cabins upstairs! We just looked at each other and said "WOW!!" It looked so monstruous parked next to our little ALM aircraft (it was probably an MD82). We imagined all the places this 747 probably flew to, and made plans one day to visit these places on just such an aircraft!
When I called 2 days ago, I asked if he remembered the time we encountered the KLM 747, and he said, everytime he travels somewhere far, like in Europe, he always remembers that day, and the plans we made.
Well, anyway, just a little background history on why the 747 is my favorite, especially the 400 series.