Celebrating the 747: BA Captain on Flying the Jumbo

There are very few aircraft that have an identity that transcends the aviation industry quite like the Boeing 747. Thomas Haynes speaks to Paul Howard, a retired British Airways 747 Training Captain about what it was like to captain this special aircraft.

Known affectionately as the ‘Queen of the Skies’ or the ‘Jumbo’, the Boeing 747 changed aviation forever. Its sheer size and shape were unlike anything the industry had seen before.

Video - Watch our chat with Paul Howard, a retired British Airways Boeing 747 pilot.

After soloing in 1966 at the age of 17, Howard joined BOAC (a British Airways predecessor) as a London/Heathrow based co-pilot on the Vickers VC10 in 1970.

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