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50 years of Boeing 747: The Queen of the skies

exactly 50 years Ago, on 9. In February 1969, stood for the first Time a Boeing 747 from an airport near the U.S. city of Seattle. The Start meant a Revolution for air travel.

painted White with a red side-strips of the Boeing 747 on the runway of an aerodrome in the case of Seattle in the Eastern United States. The Pilot Jack Waddell was thrust, and Boeing, lifted off for the first Time. It was the 9. February 1969. The date today marks a Revolution in air travel.

the Jet flew at all was a miracle, says Bob van der Linden from the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. "The plane was built within the shortest possible time. About 28 months it took. This is really remarkable," says van der Linden. The Boeing Team have worn the title of "the Incredibles", "because you presented the project in such a short period of time on the legs and it worked".

The pan am Crew after the first TRANS-Atlantic flight of the Boeing 747

A dream to be a pilot

The young was a long-distance flight of a 747 easily. Pilot Waddell rose to the landing, down the stairs and said it was hard to believe how easy the Boeing fly. It was a dream to be a pilot.

The Jumbo Jet was the largest passenger aircraft in the world. Depending on the configuration of the first Version of the Boeing 747 could seat more than 400 passengers. So they had more than twice as many seats on Board passenger aircraft by the end of the 1960s.

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