Happy Birthday Jumbo! – 45 Today!

She changed air travel forever. Such a massive jump in size from the 707 or DC-8

It was a very different world then in many many ways. Airbus was still being formed and was 3 years from flying it’s first aircraft. Mc Donnell/Douglas was still getting over it’s merger and working on the DC10. Lockheed were re entering the commercial aviation market with their beautiful but sadly commercially unsuccessful L1011 Tristar. Also Concorde with it’s speed which many had high hopes for at the time.

The 747 reigned supreme for more or less 40 years. In my opinion she is still one of the very best rides in the sky, especially in First up in the nose or in business on the upper deck.
What will the next 45 years hold? Hopefully an A380-900 and a new large twin from Airbus and Boeing plus new narrow bodied twins. But these will not be anything like the massive change is size which the 747 brought.

The "City of Everett", the prototype of the Boeing 747, currently located at the Museum of Flight on Boeing Field, Seattle, Washington. The prototype had its first test flight on 9 February, 1969.

The “City of Everett”, the prototype of the Boeing 747, currently located at the Museum of Flight on Boeing Field, Seattle, Washington. The prototype had its first test flight on 9 February, 1969.

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