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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How a collection of minor factors caused 747 overrun in Halifax

The cargo-carrying jumbo was on a multi-leg flight linking Chicago with Changsha/Huanghua in China when it ran off the end while landing in the Canadian city

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Cosmic carrier: Inside Virgin Orbit's Boeing 747

Is this the most unusual use for the Boeing 747 yet? Robin Evans speaks to Virgin Orbit chief test pilot and seasoned jumbo jockey Kelly Latimer about using the Queen of the Skies to get to space

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Air Force One: The Flying Fortress

It is possibly the world’s most famous plane, but little is known about it. A new documentary with rare access to the inner workings of Air Force One changes that. Tom Batchelor spoke to professional pilot and filmmaker Scott Bateman to learn more

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Presidented access: Inside the development of the next Air Force One

It is possibly the world’s most famous aircraft, but relatively little is known about it. A new documentary with rare access to Air Force One changes all that. Tom Batchelor spoke to professional pilot and documentary producer Scott Bateman to learn more...

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KLM's Dutch Queens of the Sky

As with many operators, KLM’s passenger Boeing 747s have become casualties of COVID-19 and were permanently withdrawn in October 2020 only leaving some freighters in the airline’s colours. Lee Cross looks at almost 50 years of service of the iconic jets in the KLM fleet

Last passenger Boeing 747-400 built retired

The final passenger -400 example ever to be produced by the American aircraft manufacturer has been withdrawn from use

Quiz: How well do you know the Boeing 747-8?

Yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of the first flight of the Boeing 747-8I. To celebrate the occasion, this week's quiz focuses entirely on the latest generation of the iconic jumbo.

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A decade of the 747-8I: Inside the development of Boeing’s final jumbo

Ten years ago today, the latest version of the iconic four-engine aircraft took to the skies for the first time. Key.Aero speaks to the American manufacturer to find out about its development, design and testing and what makes it different from those that came before

Key communication upgrades for USAF’s “Doomsday” planes

The USAF’s four-strong fleet of Boeing E-4B Nightwatch airborne command and control aircraft is receiving key upgrades that are designed to revolutionise the platform’s communication capabilities and effectiveness

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From Jodel to Jumbo A Life of Flying

As a boy, he was told he was “stupid” to think he could ever become a pilot, but Scott Birrell FRAeS enjoyed a distinguished career in aviation as an airline captain, head of pilot training and a senior examiner