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.
For 36 years the mighty Boeing 747 has been an integral part of Virgin Atlantic. Sadly, COVID-19 has meant an early departure for the iconic aircraft. Lee Cross looks back at the service of the ‘Queen of the Skies’ within the fleet and how the type has been so intrinsically linked to the airline’s success
Few people on Earth know the Boeing 747 better than the pilots that flew it and perhaps none more so than retired British Airways training captain Paul Howard. Thomas Haynes caught up with him to find out more about his long career flying the Queen of the Skies
American aerospace giant Boeing will end the production of the iconic 747 – as part of a series of changes its making as losses continue to mount due, in part to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Since the first Pan Am 747 landed at Heathrow on January 12, 1970, the iconic Jumbo has been a constant presence at the London airport. Aviation News presents a showcase of some of the many airlines and 747 variants that have graced the capital’s main airport over the last 50 years.