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Boeing 747


Boeing 747
A behemoth of the skies, the size and sheer scale of the 747 is now legendary
In the 1960s, aviation companies had a problem. With the popularity of aviation soaring for business, recreation and industry, the supply of aircraft was struggling to meet demand.

But Boeing had a solution up its sleeve; the biggest civilian airplane ever built, the 747. Built in less than 16 months by a group of workers known as ‘the Incredibles’, the design came in three variations – passenger, cargo and passenger/freighter – and was first flown in 1968. By 1970, this new breed of jumbo jet had fitted seamlessly into the world’s air traffic and silenced critics. Since its inception, the 747s have appeared in a variety of models. The 747-400 was first flown in 1988 and is a combination of the earlier freight and passenger models. It is the bestselling model.
Statistics calculated in 2005 reveal that 1,365 747s have been delivered internationally to over 80 different customers. Incredibly, it has flown over 3.5 billion passengers. In recent years, new jumbo jets such as the Airbus may have beaten the 747’s size, but it remains an icon of the skies and proof for the first time that gigantic airlines were possible.

Boeing 747