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Boeing 747 was the original Friendship an Icon and a game Changer in the Aviation History

No other Aircraft has captured our imagination as the Boeing 747. It was an icon, a game-changer for the aviation history. Graceful, phenomenal there is nothing as beautiful as the 747. The 747 was really like a private jet you never had going across the world.

It didn’t matter whether you are a pilot, or a passenger, aviation geek or just a kid looking up the sky, it is impossible not to be obstructed by the sheer size of this great bird. However, Time has changed and innovation never goes out of style.

By the end of 2020, Qantas will ground all their Boeing 747s in favor of Boeing 777 and Airbus A350.  Obviously it so sad that we can say that the “sky queen” is on her last legs in the aviation industry as Boeing announced that it will no longer produce if for commercial Airliners. But it may continue in the future per se, for cargo purposes.

Young aviation geeks will miss the Boeing 747s as most of them are yet to feel what it really means to fly on the 747. Indeed, a lot of Boeing 747s are just evacuating from the skies but the history won’t just fade.

Joe Sutter gave us a gift and the world is grateful to that. In the bid to write this. We tend to cover some areas which we believe are very vital and you really need to know. We will be grateful if you also contribute your own ideas and the fact you also know.

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In late 2018, the Boeing 747 celebrated its golden, 50th anniversary. Considering the internet is only 28 years old, it’s incredible to think that something could make such a lasting impact on the world during such a transformative time. Long before Facebook, mobile phones or Netflix, Boeing pushed the boundaries of flight with the 747, and years later it’s still the Queen of the skies

  So here are some key facts you really need to know about 747(Boeing 747 Aviation Facts 2019)

The History:

Boeing 747 was the first commercial Airplane produced by Boeing Commercial airplane section in the 1960s, however, she made her first maiden flight on 9th Feb 1969.

Officially introduced to the commercial aviation industry in 1970 with Pan American Airways being the first Airways to usher the jumbo jet into commercial Aviation Business. B747 was built to take over from Boeing 707 which was very common in the 1960s. Boeing 747 program was designed by Joe Sutter under Malcolm T. Stamper, the head of the 747 projects.

The first Boeing 747 ever built, it was named the City of Everett. Equipped with Pratt & Whitney engines, the Boeing 747-100 was rolled out of the Everett assembly building on 30 September 1968 before the world’s press and representatives of the 26 airlines that had ordered it. The first 747 prototypes were ever built before the completion of the 747 assembly plant at Everett.

New Glass Cockpit

747-400 was introduced with a new glass cockpit designed for a flight crew of two instead of three, with a reduction in the number of dials this happened in 1985.

On 24 June 1995, South African Boeing 747-200 Lebombo performed a low-level flypast over Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg at the Rugby World Cup final between South Africa and New Zealand bearing ‘Good Luck Bokke’ beneath her wings.

Pan Am Airways was the first commercial Airways that ordered for Boeing 747. In April 1966, Pan Am ordered 25 747-100 aircraft for US$525 million. From 1968 till present, Boeing a total number of 1,548 of 747 aircraft.

Boeing at first never had a facility designated for the production of Boeing 747 so what did they do? They had to construct a new assembly plant in Everett WA. Near the military base.

First Flight

In 1969, the Boeing 747, the Queen of the Skies, made its first flight with test pilots Jack Waddell and Brien Wygle at the controls.

Boeing 747 SWITCHES

There are 365 switches, dials, and lights in Boeing 747 cockpit, that is to say, one button for every day of the year. Which is totally confusing.

PAN AM Airways was the prime force behind the production of a jumbo aircraft which will out-smart the common commercial 707 at that time due to much airport traffic congestion the airline was facing.

Tail Heights

The tail height of a standard Boeing 747 is 63 ft 6 In (19.5m) and that is totally equivalent to a six-story building in Amsterdam.

Boeing 747 Engines

The Boeing 747–100, 747–200, and 747–300 use Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7 or Rolls-Royce RB211-524 or GE CF6 (General Electric) as its powerplant. The B747–400ER use Pratt and Whitney PW4000 or General Electric CF6 or Rolls Royce RB211 as its powerplant.

The 747–8 use GEnx-2B67 as its powerplant. Engine thrust has grown from 43,500 pounds per engine on the early 747 to as much as 64,250 pounds (28,720p) on the current model.


Boeing 747 Interior Designs

No matter the rush, many airlines are still committed to Boeing 747 In an effort to maintain their attractiveness to the traveling public, airlines, like QANTAS in Australia, are having their 747 400s refurbished in styles influenced by Boeings new Dreamliner concept. Benefits include a single beam seat design allowing more leg space in economy.

Carbon fiber seatbacks reduce weight and allow for a thinner seat. Soft lighting and contoured panels make for a more spacious feeling cabin and offer a competitive comparison to newer jet being produced today. Boeing 747 has the largest passenger interior volume of any commercial airliner and that is equivalent to three standard houses one each measuring 1,500 square feet.

As Innovation and technology have improved along with changes in styles and fashions, so too the aircraft cabin selections of most airlines have. Gone now are the single large movie screens which adorned the front of each cabin. These have been replaced by most mainstream airlines by the individual seatback screens or screens that can be stowed away into a seat arm.

Landing Gears:

Boeing 747-400 has 16 main landing gears and two nose landing gears making it a total of 18 landing gears. The landing gear tires are filled with nitrogen to prevent explosive tire blowouts which is also same with Boeing 777.

Boeing 747

The 747-400 has a passenger volume of 876 cubic meters, plus a cargo volume of 159 cubic meters, for a total of 1035; the balls have a diameter of 40mm; this gives about 22,870,000 ping pong balls.

How many feet does it take to land a 747 on a dry Runway

At 85% of maximum payload plus 30% of maximum fuel, a 747-400 is basically at its maximum landing weight of 630,000 lb. On a dry runway at standard sea-level conditions, this will require about 6900 feet. Depends on the weight

Boeing 747 in Government

In many countries all over the world, Air transports for heads of state and government are, provided by the air force in specially equipped airliners or business jets. 13 head of Government in the world still uses Boeing 747.

From the days of Presidents Roosevelt till Trump’s administration, Boeing airplanes have transported U.S. presidents around the world.

The U.S. Air Force announced that it will continue the Boeing tradition with the 747-8, which will replace the two 747-200s that serve as the presidential Air Force One fleet with that, Boeing airplanes will mark more than half a century of presidential service through the Jet Age.

The Bahrain Royal Flight operates a Boeing 747-400 and Boeing 747SP while sultan of Brunei Darussalam also operates Boeing 747-400 which is currently in service since 1990. Other Government that Uses Boeing 747 includes, China, India, Kuwaiti, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Yemen,


Other Fun Facts about Boeing 747

  • 747s have flown more than 3.7 billion people who surprisingly, is almost half the planet’s population. The 747 has become the world most recognizable aircraft in the world even though a lot of them are evacuating the sky if you doubt that, ask your neighbor. 747 -8 is the world longest Passenger airliner 250 ft 2 in


  • The exact total electricity capacity of a 747-8 can power-up to 480,000 32-inch flat-screen wonders it has 365 buttons
  • The upper deck alone has the same square footage as Boeing 737 that is unquestionably evident that Boeing 747 is a big plane no wonder the name ‘JUMBO JET


  • On every 30th August since 2016, the world pays respect to the father of 747 Joseph Fredrick Sutter


  • The Wright brothers could have fit their historic first flight inside a Boeing 747 And could have stayed strictly within the 150-foot economy section and there will still be enough leg space.


  • Boeing 747-200 was delivered brand new to South African Airways on 22 October 1971 as ZS-SAN. Her first revenue flight was on 10 December 1971 on Johannesburg-Luanda-London route. The Aircraft was branded ‘lebombo’

Sad Incidents

For 47 years, are there any sad incidents recorded? Sadly, yes there are and we pray it never occur again because when it occurs, it always turns to massive international funeral arrangements.

On March 27, 1977, two Boeing 747 passenger jets collided on the runway of Los Rodeos Airport (now Tenerife North Airport), on the Spanish island of Tenerife, killing 583 people.

The accident involved Pan Am Flight 1736, a Boeing 747-100 from Los Angeles with 380 passengers and 16 crew onboard and KLM Flight 4805, a Boeing 747-200 charter flight from Amsterdam, with 235 passengers and 14 crew members. According to investigations, the fundamental cause of the accident was that Captain of the KLM flight took off without clearance. Bad weather was a contributory factor.

South African Airways Boeing 747-200 BM in 1987. The aircraft crashed on 28 November 1987 while performing Flight 295, killing all 159 onboard.


The 747 was one of the great engineering marvels of our time. It was indeed a whole new concept in aviation having a backup system for almost everything you can think of. The big beautiful bird transformed Air travel forever at United, it was the original friendship. United Airlines flew the 747 from Chicago to Honolulu in July 1970.

So sad that many Boeing 747s are leaving the skies some have been converted for cargo purposes. Nevertheless, the memory still lives on and not just that, it is transferred from generation to generation.

The Queen of the Skies is the most favorite commercial aircraft of many air travelers for 47 years. As the Boeing 747 (sadly) begins to leave the sky, I can’t help but imagine how many pilots had/have the opportunity to fly the Queen of the Sky. The big bird made a big career impact to so many people from all walks of life be you a pilot, Aeronautics, Flight attendants or just a mere passenger.

If you were lucky to do so just share your experience on the comment box. Notwithstanding, the bottom line still remains that there is only one Queen of the Skies and that’s The Boeing 747. You may replace her, but you can never dethrone her.

There may not be as many flying as there were back in the day, But most airlines cant help stop flying the 747 even though most of the airlines are now opting for more advanced jet such as Airbus A350 and Boeing 777

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