Aviation Photo #1116528: Boeing 747-121 - Pan American World Airways - Pan Am


Photo 4,260 of 4,263 by Steve Brimley
  • S. M. Reeves
    Pan American World Airways - Pan Am
    Boeing 747-121
    Boeing 747-100
    Boeing 747-100
    Boeing
    N*****
    Seattle - Boeing Field / King County International
    Washington
    USA
    August 1969
  • 427

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September 27, 2006
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These three Pan American 747s were part of the flight test program at the time. Note the massive test probe on the left aircraft.
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Comments (20)

Anonymous
10 years ago
Its a classic
Anonymous
9 years ago
Thats a scary fellow on the left :)
Anonymous
9 years ago
Thanks for sharing mate, A true masterpiece of aviation histoey.
Anonymous
9 years ago
The middle one appears to be Jet Clipper America, N747PA, probably my most admired 747. Boy, she looked beautiful back then; now, her fuselage is (I believe) a diner in Asia...
Anonymous
8 years ago
The test probe on the aircraft to the left looks like Pinocchio's nose. Definitely awesome shot.
Anonymous
6 years ago
This is history in progress !
Anonymous
6 years ago
The cars changed but not the aircraft
Anonymous
6 years ago
This is one of the most felicifc shots of PAA's B747's out there. Pan Am is and always will be a legend in our hearts.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Notice the mechanic in the foreground pulling his "dog box" behind him. Still the same, nothings changed about that. This has got to be a rare photo of the aircraft with the test probe on it.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Reminds me of Gulliveare who was entered with ladders and stairs to tie him down and immobilize him.
phantastic picture of times long gone but well remembered
Anonymous
5 years ago
Note the windows, very close to the nose
Anonymous
5 years ago
You can tell which is the liar of the three
Anonymous
4 years ago
Looks like a Concorde is behind the left 747
Anonymous
4 years ago
What a fantastic photo!This has American icon written all over it.Pan Am during better times.If I'm not mistaken, one of these three aircraft is Clipper Victor.I have a first flight cover which was once part of the cargo on her maiden revenue flight, stamped January 22nd, 1970.Proud to own such a great piece of history!
Anonymous
3 years ago
Just became viewer No. 79,747 of this photo ;-). What a pleastant symbolic surprise. The entire weight of spirit and philosophy behind of the 747 program, the odds overcome and it's enduring legacy puts this plane in a perfectlty unique platform, unmatchable now and long after production will end eventually someday. At the end of the day, it's beyond sales figures and all other awards and achievements as well as what engineering you can learn at MIT or the Harvard Business School. It is simply put, the Widebody of widebodies.
Anonymous
3 years ago
This picture is anachronic. The cars have changed so much but the 747 looks almost the same as today's Intercontinental.
Anonymous
2 years ago
Brilliant observation from the comment before mine. Indeed it is so polarising how the cars look so outdated but the aircraft still have a modern look to them.
Kind of reminds of me pictures of people in suits holding old technology in magazine from the 80s. The fashion looks timeless, but the technology archaic!
Anonymous
1 year ago
There's a concorde left there
Anonymous
1 year ago
That's the sound cruiser in the left
Anonymous
7 months ago
A most important moment in aviation history captured. A giant leap forward for the aircraft manufacturing industry at the absolute risk of both Boeing and PAA, a risk that changed air travel. As we can see in the photo it was not only the aircraft themselves that were revolutionary but the support infrastructure that had to be developed from the ground up - hangars, airfields, support equipment such as the yellow access rigs and vehicles in this photo, it was a mammoth undertaking. Against all this incredible technology the mechanic is pulling along his equipmnent on a rickety board and wheels.