We would like to show you a very interesting book for lovers of aviation - 747: Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation 747 is the thrilling story behind "the Queen of the Skies"—the Boeing 747—as told by Joe Sutter, one of the most celebrated engineers of the twentieth century, who spearheaded its design and construction.
Sutter's vivid narrative takes us back to a time when American technology was cutting-edge and jet travel was still glamorous and new. Cruising the Past celebrates the 44th Anniversary of the first commercial flight of a Boeing 747 aircraft. The flight was scheduled for Jan 21, 1970 but departed late on Jan 22. It was flown by Pan Am between New York and London The Boeing 747 is a wide-body commercial airliner and cargo transport aircraft, often referred to by its original nickname, Jumbo Jet, or Queen of the Skies. It is among the world's most recognizable aircraft and was the first wide-body ever produced. Manufactured by Boeing's Commercial Airplane unit in the United States, the original version of the 747 was two and a half times larger in capacity than the Boeing 707, one of the common large commercial aircraft of the 1960s. First flown commercially in 1970, the 747 held the passenger capacity record for 37 years. From 1970 until the 2007 introduction of Airbus’ A380, the Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet was the largest passenger carrier ever. It all started in August 1965 with a requirement from Boeing’s biggest customer and the most influential international airline then: PanAm. It had already launched two large airlines - Boeing’s 707 and Douglas’s DC-8 – each carrying about 140 passengers. PanAm now wanted a really big jet carrying upwards of 400 passengers at one time. That’s two and a half times the 707 capacity! In 1966, having signed a US$525 million contract with Pan Am, Boeing purchased 780 acres of land in Everett, Washington, 30 miles north of Seattle. No existing facility could accommodate the 747’s unprecedented size, so to build the world’s largest airplane; Boeing had to build the world’s largest factory. To level the site, more than 4 million cubic yards (3.1 million m³) of earth had to be moved. Time was so short that the 747's full-scale mock-up was built before the factory roof above it was finished.The plant is the largest building by volume ever built, and has been substantially expanded several times to permit construction of other models of Boeing wide-body commercial jets.[With a floor area of 398,000m² (4.3 million sq. ft) and a volume of 13,385,378m³ (472 million cu. ft), the Boeing Everett Factory is still the largest building in the world.Boeing agreed to deliver the first 747 to Pan Am by the end of 1969. The delivery date left 28 months to design the aircraft, which was two-thirds of the normal time. The schedule was so fast paced that the people who worked on it were given the nickname "The Incredibles". There was more space, classier interiors and bolder designs. Here are some of the actual cabin interiors for the Boeing 747s in the 1970s. They are really awesome. A full-scale mock-up of the interior of the 747’s passenger model. Boeing initially expected to sell only about four hundred 747 passenger planes and designed them for easy conversion into cargo carriers. When the passenger seats are removed the fuselage can accommodate containers stacked two units wide, two units high and two or three ranks deep. Boeing has since sold more than one and a half thousand 747s. Pretty airy… here's another photo without bins and with flight attendants. For the first class Pan Am CEO Juan Trippe actually got some of his double-decker vision in the final 747, with its famous upper deck. Boeing proposed these lounges, which were not much different than the actual upper decks, as you will see below: Here are some more photos of 1970s interiors (VIDEO) in real planes: