Pan Am pioneered ultra long-range flights with the Boeing 747SP. Bob O’Brien desribes how this famous airline made use of this specialised jumbo.


Pan Am continued its tradition of using the prefix Clipper in the names of its Boeing 747SP fleet. Here is Clipper High Flyer in January 1980.
Bob O’Brien Collection

The arrival of the jumbo jet at the end of the 1960s revolutionised commercial air travel. More passengers than ever before could be carried in a single aircraft – the dualaisled, widebody Boeing 747 dwarfed its predecessors.

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