Boeing 747

Not many aircraft can claim to launch a new age in aviation, but that tag can be applied to the Boeing 747 which first flew in 1969. The new airliner spawned the dawn of mass long-distance air travel. Nicknamed the Jumbo Jet, the airliner has been developed into numerous variants and is viewed with such affection that the title ‘Queen of the Skies’ has also been bestowed upon it.

The Jumbo 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.

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Flying 747 Hajj flights from Baghdad: Inside the cockpit

In the March 2011 issue of Airliner World pilot Alan Carter reported from the flightdeck of a Boeing 747-400 taking pilgrims from countries around the world to the holy sites in Saudi Arabia.

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Pan Am’s pioneering Boeing 747SP flights

Pan Am pioneered ultra long-range flights with the Boeing 747SP.  In the November 2017 issue of Aviation News Bob O’Brien described how this famous airline made use of this specialised jumbo.

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The mammoth task of keeping Boeing 747s flying

In a 2021 special publication on the Boeing 747, Ian Goold describes how when the airliner was introduced into service, the aviation industry had to define new methods to maintain this giant

Some of the most stunning special liveries to grace the jumbo

Although the Boeing 747 is best remembered in the iconic, but largely corporate liveries of Lufthansa, Pan Am, or British Airways, the Queen of the Skies has also enjoyed some quirkier paint schemes. Here we highlight some of our favourites from around the world...

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Boeing 747 freighters: your complete guide

Freighters have been an important part of the success story of the Boeing 747. In the November 2017 issue of Aviation News David Wills examined the variants and conversions that have taken to the skies

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Qantas 747 captain: My special memories flying the jumbo

Owen Zupp has flown Airbus narrowbodies as well as the Boeing 737 and 787, but it is the 747 that will always hold a special place in his heart. Here, he recounts some of his outstanding memories of the iconic jumbo.

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Why the Boeing 747 was a huge gamble

The 747 was, quite literally, a huge gamble. Standing six storeys high and 225ft-long, the aptly nicknamed Jumbo Jet dwarfed its rivals and stablemates alike in both size and expense. Airliner World’s Craig West chronicles the development of Boeing’s behemoth.

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British Airways’ 50 years of flying the Boeing 747

Five decades on from Britain’s first order for Boeing 747s, in the September 2016 issue of Aviation News Charles Kennedy looked back at the life and times of the British Airways jumbo fleet.

Rare aircraft movements from the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on September 19 was attended by some 500 heads of state, including presidents, prime ministers and monarchs from across the globe, making it one of the largest such gatherings since the memorial for Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, in 2013. Here we illustrate some of the more unusual aircraft to visit the UK for the event.

VIDEO: Boeing 747 Dreamlifter loses wheel during take-off

A modified Boeing 747 used to transport the manufacturer’s 787 aerostructures appears to have lost a wheel during take-off.