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The End Of a Era: Boeing 747 *1969-2020†

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It Official on July 30, 2020 Boeing declare in a Press release
That they stop the production of legendary Airliner and in 2022 the Last Planes are to be forthcoming.
It total Boeing build 1574 of this Aircraft.
The 747 revolution Air trafic in 1970s, now it's expensive dinosaur like A380

A Victims of Age were Airlines cutting cost and use cheaper smaller Airliner
 

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The first aircraft I ever flew in. I remember walking into the waiting area and seeing the indelible image of that huge nose wreathed in darkness through the airport windows. What an iconic bird!
 

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Unfortunately I never flown onboard 747 even if (in my long lasting passenger career) I ever flown on most of civilian aircraft available, included rarities such BAe 148 and De Havilland Canada (Bombardier) Dash 7 a sort of WWII bomber....

Something tells me that I missed the chances definitely.
 

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Could have flown a Corsair 747 to La Réunion in 2016 and 2018 when we went there to meet my stepfather. Instead we picked Air France 777. Dommage...
Quad-jets are dead, unfortunately.
 

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I have flown on several, including some flown by the carrier Saudia. Taking off from Heathrow and looking out of the 'window' I saw something bright red and burning fall off the inboard (Port side) engine. We did a couple of circuits and landed. Delay was three days while they sourced a generator (According to the info we were given) which did not make much sense to us as the aircraft were in service around the world. The experience of flying on a 747 during Haj season is something I will leave to you to ponder on.
 

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My first 747 flight was aboard the beautifully flown Aerolinas Argentina Boeing, crossing South Atlantic along the route early French pioneers had cleared in the early 30's. That was a great way to end a 9000miles road trip across South America! ;) [/nostalgia]
 

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Could have flown a Corsair 747 to La Réunion in 2016 and 2018 when we went there to meet my stepfather. Instead we picked Air France 777. Dommage...
Quad-jets are dead, unfortunately.
I flew one of these, going to La Martinique, with a stop at St-Martin.
 

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Lufthansa, Chicago-Frankfurt, October 2001
 

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I flew a Virgin Atlantic 747 from IAD to LHR in September 2001, about 2 weeks after 9/11 (was supposed to be the 13th but that obviously didn't happen). Plane as practically empty and I remember having a whole bulkhead row in economy to myself with the closest other passenger about three or four rows back.

The return a week later was packed solid, except for a Pakistani family whose patriarch was likely an unfortunate name match to someone on whatever cobbled together watch list they were using at that point. They got hauled off the plane after we had closed the doors, IIRC.
 

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Flew UAL to and from Hawaii and Quantas from LAX to SYD with a 5am stop in Tahiti for fuel. Plane was only 30% full and the service was as a result was for all intents, personal. Flew back a month later in a totally packed aircraft SYD to LAX nonstop, not so personal!

Watching the TWA 747 nonstop to Hawaii leaving St. Louis in the Summer was an interesting sight - used all the runway and at times, seemed to use the overrun, on those hot, humid summer days. Exciting and nervewracking to watch!

Enjoy the Day! Mark
 
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My father worked for the original National Airlines (NAL). I remember I couldn't have been more than five years old at the time - the rules were far looser with respect to access to the airports and aircraft - and on one of the days he went to JFK to pick up his paycheck, he took our family to get a look inside of one of the two 747s (747-135) in National's fleet (N77772 "Patricia" and N77773 "Linda"). I was familiar with National's 727s, but the 747 was almost beyond comprehension for me, plus, in that "Sun King" livery? Simply beautiful.
Here's a photo of "Patricia" at Miami in 1971, posted by R.A. Scholefield at AirHistory.net:
 

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Talking about first flights in a 747, let's think of the experience all 1,088 passengers having their first flight ever in this massive rescue operation.
Operation Shlomo, the clandestine emergency evacuation of the Beta Israel people, May 1995.

How do you fit 1,088 PAX in a 747? start by removing the seats, then criss-cross the interior with cables to avoid that they slide across the floor, then it helps to take light-weight, half-starved fugitives.
And they did not really pack 1,088 for take off, only 1,086. Two babies were born during the flight. 1991-05 Boeing 747 מבצע שלמה.jpg
 

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Countless models and toys have been made of the Boeing 747.
My favourite is this three inch long toy made in the early 1970s by the famous German toymaker Schuco . It is in the BOAC livery reproduced last year on a BA 747. A nice touch is the box in the colours used by BOAC for their timetables.
 

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Talking about first flights in a 747, let's think of the experience all 1,088 passengers having their first flight ever in this massive rescue operation.
Operation Shlomo, the clandestine emergency evacuation of the Beta Israel people, May 1995.

How do you fit 1,088 PAX in a 747? start by removing the seats, then criss-cross the interior with cables to avoid that they slide across the floor, then it helps to take light-weight, half-starved fugitives.
And they did not really pack 1,088 for take off, only 1,086. Two babies were born during the flight.View attachment 639723
I hope there aren't any airline managers frequenting this forum that could see this picture and take it as an inspiration for post Covid revenue boost measures...
 

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Well, the was the (I hope) joke of 'leaning chairs' for a certain low cost airline. Similar to the perches in some bus stops.
 

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Modern passenger aircraft pretty much all max out on passenger capacity based on the number of passengers allowed per exit door.
 

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United Airlines 747-400 back in 2000. This was when their paint scheme was still the old "battleship grey", which I thought was the coolest thing when I boarded the aircraft at the tender age of 8.
 

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Sad to see the 747 go, but with all the things that come with the modern passenger aircraft given the technology that is common with modern aircraft these days, given the choice between a 787 or A350 against a 747 I know what aircraft I would rather fly in.
 

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Glad I had the opportunity to fly in one, CP Air in March 1980, the day I emigrated to Canada.
 

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My last 747 trip BA Oct 2019 LHR to PHX. Can't believe they let me in the cockpit. The last 747 into Phoenix and now BA are retiring them. IMG_0944.JPG
 

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Well, the was the (I hope) joke of 'leaning chairs' for a certain low cost airline. Similar to the perches in some bus stops.
Who needs the residual cost and weight penalty of leaning chairs if you can make do with some ropes...
 

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Well, the was the (I hope) joke of 'leaning chairs' for a certain low cost airline. Similar to the perches in some bus stops.
Who needs the residual cost and weight penalty of leaning chairs if you can make do with some ropes...
Not sure they would get away with that on scheduled services. Even government folk fly on those occasionally.
 

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Well, the was the (I hope) joke of 'leaning chairs' for a certain low cost airline. Similar to the perches in some bus stops.
Who needs the residual cost and weight penalty of leaning chairs if you can make do with some ropes...
Not sure they would get away with that on scheduled services. Even government folk fly on those occasionally.
I wasn't exactly serious in my post, but then again I wasn't completely joking either :).
 

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Understood, I think you might have a better chance with bungee cords though. With government types my preference would be cheese wire.......
 

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