Boeing 747: the complete story of the revolutionary Jumbo Jet

As the final Boeing 747 delivery fast approaches, Gerry Sweet looks back to assess how far this revolutionary airliner has developed.

When Boeing’s Model 747 first flew in 1969, it signalled the start of a new era of mass market, long-distance air travel. Aptly nicknamed the ‘Jumbo Jet’, it held the record for the greatest passenger capacity for 37 years and with continual development, spawned many variants. The latest of these, the 747-8 Intercontinental, entered service in 2012.

Wearing a stylised ‘8’ on its fin and rear-fuselage ‘INTERCONTINENTAL’ titles, the first 747-8I achieved its maiden flight on March 20, 2011. The scalloped, noise-reducing trailing edges to the GEnx nacelles are a key recognition feature.
Wearing a stylised ‘8’ on its fin and rear-fuselage ‘INTERCONTINENTAL’ titles, the first 747-8I achieved its maiden flight on March 20, 2011. The scalloped, noise-reducing trailing edges to the GEnx nacelles are a key recognition feature. Boeing/Ed Turner

 

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