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40 Years of 747
FlightBlogger ^ | January 19, 2010 | Jon Ostrower

Posted on 01/19/2010 3:10:08 PM PST by skeptoid

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the entry into service of the 747-100 with Pan Am in January 1970, Max Kingsley-Jones and I have authored a package of features commemorating the event. During my visit to Seattle in December for 787 First Flight, I had an opportunity to sit down with Joe Sutter, who served as chief engineer for the 747 program . . . . .

(Excerpt) Read more at flightglobal.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; Technical
KEYWORDS: 747; aerospace; boeing
The 'package of features' is a link to a series of 747 info at FlightGlobal.

It includes a recent interview with Joe Sutter.

High quality avporn.

1 posted on 01/19/2010 3:10:11 PM PST by skeptoid
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To: skeptoid

The Boeing 747 the best dam airplane in the sky except for that one that center fuel tank went boom


2 posted on 01/19/2010 3:15:05 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: skeptoid

Still my favorite for a long haul, trouble is, there’s not many around now.


3 posted on 01/19/2010 3:29:11 PM PST by 1066AD
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To: skeptoid
My wife's dad worked for Boeing during the 747 rollout. He built the "coffins" for the champagne bottles used to christen that first 747. They were wood and satin and nicely done. The bottle was wrapped in red and white ribbon before it was used to keep it together to after it broke. We still have one of the bottles and coffin. We even have various memorabilia such as the first train ticket, buttons, etc from that day. The date was 30 September 1968.


4 posted on 01/19/2010 3:33:58 PM PST by CodeToad (If it weren't for physics and law enforcement I'd be unstoppable!)
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To: al baby

No, you mean the one that had two missiles slam into it and blow it out of the sky.


5 posted on 01/19/2010 3:36:24 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: skeptoid
I've clocked many miles over the last 40 years in various versions of the 747...(early models,747-SP,400 series) and I love it still.Today its "cost per passenger mile" doesn't work in its favor when compared to several Boeing and Airbus models however.

In addition to its comfort there's nothing more beautiful that watching a 747 on final approach...something I've done many times in South Boston (a fraction of a mile from Logan).

6 posted on 01/19/2010 3:50:30 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: skeptoid

I remember going to JFK to see the first PANAM 747 its 2nd week of service


7 posted on 01/19/2010 3:52:27 PM PST by uncbob
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To: skeptoid

What always amazed me about the 747 was that whenever I saw one coming in for a landing, it looked like it was standing still in the air. It’s so big, it didn’t seem to be moving very fast at all.


8 posted on 01/19/2010 3:52:35 PM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "P" in democrat stands for patriotism)
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To: skeptoid
Pretty bird


9 posted on 01/19/2010 4:01:54 PM PST by Textide
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To: Secret Agent Man
Glad to see you set him straight on that!

Revisionism and mind-boggling cover-ups are sometimes found hand-in-hand....

10 posted on 01/19/2010 4:05:15 PM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: al baby

I used to fly Continental from L.A. to Chicago on those....the upper deck was a bar/lounge/gameroom. Nifty stuff.


11 posted on 01/19/2010 4:09:35 PM PST by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: Paleo Conservative

747 Ping


12 posted on 01/19/2010 4:10:58 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Textide
That's St. Maarten.

I've been there many times and have seen the jetliners that close right over the beach.

Something you only want to experience once.

13 posted on 01/19/2010 4:15:32 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: ErnBatavia

Air travel was fun, once upon a time.

14 posted on 01/19/2010 4:18:54 PM PST by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: Textide

Wow, what a photo!


15 posted on 01/19/2010 4:21:25 PM PST by huskerjim
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To: CodeToad
Um, a coffin shape box used to hold a bottle used to christen an aircraft?

That seems a little macabre to me. What's the story (tradition?) behind that?

16 posted on 01/19/2010 4:22:53 PM PST by AFreeBird (Going Rogue in 2012)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Today its "cost per passenger mile" doesn't work in its favor when compared to several Boeing and Airbus models however.

The lastest version (747-8) is touted as a having significantly lower operating costs.
I am reminded of this '06 Randy Baseler blog comparing the 747-8F vs the A380F
I wonder if the 380 Freighter will ever enter production.

17 posted on 01/19/2010 4:33:11 PM PST by skeptoid (AA, UE, MBS (Piled High and Deep))
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To: skeptoid

I made several trips to Honolulu on a United 747 fight..always sat in first class on the upper deck. My most recent 747 travel was a round trip from California to Sydney Australia. Still a great airplane.


18 posted on 01/19/2010 4:38:15 PM PST by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: 6SJ7
Damn...thassit! On my last trip, the guy that wrote the movie "Grease" was my seatmate, he told me, and we wandered up the staircase for a swill and a smoke (I'm a puffer)....

He told me a bunch of Hollywood stories, and I pretty much wrote him off as a buzzed doofus.............but when we landed back in L.A., there was a group of limo drivers and hangers-on waiting for him......................he gave me a wink and nod as he was escorted on his way. It was a hoot; a real down to earth guy who I thought was just bullshitting his way through a flight.

19 posted on 01/19/2010 5:47:54 PM PST by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: AFreeBird

What else would you use to hold the bottle?


20 posted on 01/19/2010 8:23:19 PM PST by CodeToad (If it weren't for physics and law enforcement I'd be unstoppable!)
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To: CodeToad
A box? You know, one not "Coffin" shaped. I've seen bottles in special boxes before, rectangular ones.

Coffins imply death, burial. Using a coffin to hold the bottle to christen a ship/aircraft that carries people, just seemed weird to me. Which is why I asked if there was any tradition behind it which might explain it.

21 posted on 01/19/2010 8:44:23 PM PST by AFreeBird (Going Rogue in 2012)
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To: 1066AD

***Still my favorite for a long haul***

Same here.

Last summer I was upgraded from coach to business on a British Airways 747 flying from Johannesburg to London. Found out while I was waiting for the check-in counters to open.

Went online and snagged a seat upstairs. What a great flight!

Beat the heck out of American Airlines and Lufthansa Business class.


22 posted on 01/26/2010 6:05:50 PM PST by Gamecock (We always have reasons for doing what we do.)
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