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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Boeing 747SPs at Heathrow

The Boeing 747SP has never been a common sight, even at major international airports. Barry Lloyd reviews the history of this rare Jumbo variant and its connection with Heathrow.

USAF seeks industry input for E-4B replacement

The USAF is looking to industry for support in its programme to replace the Boeing E-4B National Airborne Operations Center (NAOC) platform, also known as the ‘Nightwatch’ or the ‘Doomsday plane'.

The unmistakeable 747

Although the Jumbo still plays a role in air transport, its presence continues to diminish. Mark Broadbent reports

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Life with the World’s Favourite Airline

Bob O’Brien recounts some of his fond memories from more than 40 years of flying with the company we know today as British Airways.

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Boeing 747 - Queen of the Skies

As the iconic Boeing 747 celebrates its golden anniversary, Airliner World’s Craig West reflects on the illustrious career of the aircraft that fundamentally changed the face of commercial aviation, brought air travel to the masses and opened up affordable international flights that made the world significantly smaller.

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FIREFIGHTING JUMBOS

The versatile and much-loved Boeing 747 has now proved itself as a vital weapon against large-scale blazes. Frédéric Marsaly details how the type has been modified to undertake the aerial firefighting role.

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BOEING 747-400 BEST-SELLING VARIANT

More Boeing 747-400s were built than any other variant and it was arguably the most successful. Joe Copalman explains why.