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Re: 50th Anniversary for the Queen of the Skies

Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:50 pm

Don’t be too quick to write it’s obituary. It still lives on as a freighter, and is still in demand as such. And while it is not as efficient as the 77F, it still has advantages over it, particularly for large and unwieldy items. We can thank Joe Sutter for this, because he figured that most airlines would go to the SST once it came out and the 747 would be relegated to freight service. So he designed it with that in mind, and came up with the size that would accommodate two 8 x 8 containers side by side, and put the cockpit above the main deck to allow for a nose door. And so even though it was not supplanted by the SST, it still is the best and most versatile freighter out there, and likely will be for a long time to come.
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Re: 50th Anniversary for the Queen of the Skies

Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:04 pm

In about 6 hours time this happened exactly 50 years ago.

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Their are airlines out there that are about to be using the 747 continuously for 50 years and even individual 747 aircraft reaching 50 years of service and still flying today.
Very, very impressive and I hope to see them grace the skies and airports for decades to come.
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Re: 50th Anniversary for the Queen of the Skies

Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:46 pm

Happy birthday, 747!
 
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Re: 50th Anniversary for the Queen of the Skies

Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:58 pm

My favorite aircraft. Long live the queen!

I need to fly to Europe soon. I make a point of only crossing the pond on the queen.

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Re: 50th Anniversary for the Queen of the Skies

Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:43 pm

Last fall I was on a BA 747 JFK-LHR-JFK. Some of my first commercial airline flights in the early 1980's, were on 747 as well as my longest flights, LAX-AUK and AUK-LAX (Qantas and UA). It is likely a future flight to Europe will be on a 747. Operators I flew on 747's include BA, UA, TWA, Qantas, PanAm (JFK-Rome), LH, VS (their 1st plane), IB (including a combi version), PeoplExpress as well as on the 100, 200 and 400 series. They still have a majesty that is still there 50 years later, room, power and abilities that few aircraft can ever have. The A380 to me is butt ugly while the 747 has a grace for its size. I remember the promises of $100 one-way, cross country and international flights from the 747, well that did happen in the 1980's from the 747 and other VLA's like the L-1011 and DC-10.

For the base design to be in production 50 years or more, to get it so right from the beginning, is a milestone few aircraft, but for maybe the 737 series, or with the Volkswagen Beetle, that will ever see that. For sure we will still see them for freighters for decades to come, the last ones flying beyond 2050, or 90 years in service, like the remaining DC-3's still flying,

Here is a link to the Museum of Flight webpage as to the first 747, its history. Fortunately build # 001 still exists and with an honored place at it.
http://www.museumofflight.org/aircraft/boeing-747-121
 
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Re: 50th Anniversary for the Queen of the Skies

Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:52 pm

Happy Birthday, good old reliable Queen!
Dare to be different! A pretty bird as it has ever been, and still a more characterful design than all those slick computergenerated airplanes that appeared afterwards.
 
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Re: 50th Anniversary for the Queen of the Skies

Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:59 pm

Happy Birthday 747
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Re: 50th Anniversary for the Queen of the Skies

Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:22 pm

happy bday queen! Whenever i fly tatl, i always try to go jfk-lhr and vice versa so i can fly upper deck on BA's 744s, even though it's well out of my way sometimes and club world is awful. The 747 is worth that.
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Re: 50th Anniversary for the Queen of the Skies

Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:48 pm

ltbewr wrote:
The A380 to me is butt ugly while the 747 has a grace for its size.

For me, any angle that shows the massive wings of the A380 make it look pretty darn good. Or at least powerful. But I agree that the large wingsweep and the pointy nose of the 747 make it look extremely sleek. The cockpit on top also prevents the 'large forehead syndrome' that the 777 & A380 suffer from.
 
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Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:52 pm

Happy birthday to my beloved 747.
The one and only JUMBO.

Still need to fly on it. Oh well, time is running out for me. The 747-8 will stick for a while, but I want to fly on a 400 too.
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Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:13 pm

Long live the queen!!

Sadly I won't get to fly on a first-generation variant, but I did fly on NW and DL's 744's
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Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:19 pm

Some classic cabin pics
https://youtu.be/3pECyaYUUns
 
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Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:06 am

The 747 was one of my favorite aircraft to fly. I miss it, and hope to be back on it one of these days. It's one of those aircraft that the more you get to know it, the more you appreciate it.
 
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Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:19 am

I live right here near the Everett Boeing Plant, and used to see the 747-8i and the 8f. It's kinda sad we don't see them anymore :(
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Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:22 am

I have flown on -100, -200, and -400. Maybe someday I will be able to do the -8. I imagine I can always have my ashes shipped somewhere by UPS. I could put that in my Will.
 
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Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:33 am

Have flown the -200 (Pan Am, TWA), -400 (LH), and -8I (LH)
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Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:51 am

Happy birthday Queen.

We enjoyed seeing you gracing the skies around the world for half a century, and we hope you will continue to do so for a long time to come. Joe Sutter, your father, would have been proud of you on this very day of 50th anniversary. May he rest in peace.

We love you.
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Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:16 pm

Technically if you become a VIP for Las Vegas Sands, you can fly their 747SP... although I think this wouldn't be the easiest thing to do.
 
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Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:46 pm

The Boeing 747 offered good 3-4-3 seating unlike the new 777s which are narrower.
 
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Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:58 pm

Ziyulu wrote:
The Boeing 747 offered good 3-4-3 seating unlike the new 777s which are narrower.


They initially had 3-4-2 seating (Pan Am). Imagine how comfy that was!
 
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Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:16 pm

Boeing's got a nice segment on their site marking the anniversary.

http://www.boeing.com/commercial/747/50 ... index.page

They've got a nice slideshow of past and present pics all 747 lovers will love.

I'm not much older than the Queen, but she's been my favorite aircraft since my single digits. Unfortunately, only flew her on one trip (4segments) in the early 90's. STL - LAX - HNL and reversed route back. Anybody guess the airline? ;) Like many, my favorite model is the legendary -400. Just something about that polished silver and those small red, white and blue cheat lines. Awesome.

The roles she has had, the tasks she has performed the stories she can tell. No other will ever duplicate what she has done. Had the pleasure of getting up close and personal to the SCA when it flew to STL on a special mission of Boeing. Very cool. Got some good pics of a 747-8F on a proving route, flight crew was gracious enough to share some takeoff data at my request so I could get a good photo op. Don't know the whereabouts of those pics now. :cry:

We've got a lot of years still to see the Queen in action so hold off on those final nails kids.

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Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:38 pm

I grew up with divorced parents who lived on two different continents. As a result I did a lot of long-haul flying as a kid. I always hoped I'd be flying on BA, despite the horrible transfers at LHR (this was mostly before T4, let alone T5), because I knew the transatlantic segment would be on a 747. Somehow I found the airplane more reassuring than the DC-10s of SAS or Northwest.
 
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Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:58 pm

Ziyulu wrote:
The Boeing 747 offered good 3-4-3 seating unlike the new 777s which are narrower.


The only sort-of good 3-4-3 seating is on the A380. The 747 is only less bad than the atrocious 777.
 
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Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:15 pm

Finally had my first ride on the Queen, and it was on the anniversary too!
Bucket list item checked!
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Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:19 am

Apologies to the Mods if this seems like a thread bump, but not to take anything away from the Queen, but how many were aware that another iconic Boeing aircraft, the 727, also made her first flight on February 9th? Wasn't aware of that until just yesterday.
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