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More: Pan American World Airways - Pan Am
More: Boeing 747-121
More: Seattle - Boeing Field / King County International (BFI / KBFI)
More: USA - Washington, August 1969
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N***** These three Pan American 747s were part of the flight test program at the time. Note the massive test probe on the left aircraft.
More: S. M. Reeves
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A visitor from Australia posted Wed February 3, 2016:
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.

A visitor from - posted Thu April 23, 2015:
That's the sound cruiser in the left

A visitor from - posted Sun November 2, 2014:
There's a concorde left there

A visitor from New Zealand posted Wed September 24, 2014:
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 Indeed it is so polarising how the cars look so outdated but the aircraft still have a modern look to them.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!

A visitor from - posted Sat November 24, 2012:
This picture is anachronic. The cars have changed so much but the 747 looks almost the same as today's Intercontinental.

A visitor from Netherlands posted Sat November 24, 2012:
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.

A visitor from Netherlands posted Sun February 5, 2012:
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!

A visitor from United States posted Wed November 16, 2011:
Looks like a Concorde is behind the left 747

A visitor from United States posted Sat September 3, 2011:
You can tell which is the liar of the three

A visitor from Japan posted Thu January 20, 2011:
Note the windows, very close to the nose

A visitor from Germany posted Thu January 20, 2011:
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

A visitor from - posted Thu January 20, 2011:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Sun September 12, 2010:
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.

A visitor from Germany posted Sun September 12, 2010:
The cars changed but not the aircraft

A visitor from Brazil posted Tue April 6, 2010:
This is history in progress !

A visitor from United States posted Mon March 24, 2008:
The test probe on the aircraft to the left looks like Pinocchio's nose. Definitely awesome shot.

A visitor from United States posted Wed December 20, 2006:
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...

A visitor from New Zealand posted Thu October 19, 2006:
Thanks for sharing mate, A true masterpiece of aviation histoey.

A visitor from Switzerland posted Sat September 30, 2006:
Thats a scary fellow on the left :)

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu September 28, 2006:
Its a classic

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