A little more interesting history of the 747 click here
I started to use it from the 1970's, and I must say, that going from the 707's to the 747's, was like going from the greasy spoon café to eating out at the Ritz. Best move the airlines ever did, and Boeing for re-designing air travel.
wiz-king/WTM. Never mind the C-130, try the UK/Jo'burg/Capetown relaxing route ;o)