Happy anniversary to the 747

  TOPCAT® 22:34 30 Sep 2006

It's thirty eight years this weekend since the first 747 rolled out of the factory. Something to celebrate? Well, yes and no. Many of those earlier planes are destined for that 'graveyard in the sky' - waxing lyrical I am but actually they're dismembered on the ground of course. Quite a few have been chopped up already but, in the next decade or so, some eight thousand planes could be no more.

It is interesting to note that the modern versions contain substantial amounts of carbon fibre, and this is much easier and far quicker to recycle. The quality of the end product is so good, say Boeing, that they are confident it can be used in new manufacture. This cannot be said of the earlier planes however, as their construction poses more recycling difficulties.

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Maybe Boeing (or BA) could offer one as a gift to the FE to go with his Jumbo passport? After all, he is a very frequent business traveller, is he not? ;o) TC.

  Forum Editor 23:04 30 Sep 2006

and over the years I reckon I've bought one of these wonderful aircraft.

The 747 is undoubtedly the best aircraft in the sky as far as the passenger is concerned. When you're onboard a 747 you feel completely relaxed and secure - the thing seems to fly itself.

I can't wait to fly in the 787 Dreamliner, due to enter service in 2008.

  spuds 23:07 30 Sep 2006

When they came into service, they sure beat the old 707's and the VC10's, especially on flights to the Far East/South East Asia and Australia.

  WhiteTruckMan 23:09 30 Sep 2006

as a passenger in a C-130. Never again!


  wolfie3000 00:27 01 Oct 2006

The 747 like concorde is an iconic aircraft especially the unique shape (the bulge on the head)

So i expect we will see comemrative plates t-shirts and so on soon.

Iv never travelled on a 747 but maybe one day i might.

  wiz-king 08:19 01 Oct 2006

had your holidays in the South Atlantic did you? Remember the C-130's toilet facilities? Neatest WC in town.

  Forum Editor 08:34 01 Oct 2006

The 747 fleet has logged more than 35 billion statute miles - enough to make 74,000 trips to the moon and back.

The 747 fleet has flown 3.5 billion people - the equivalent of more than half of the world's population.

The 747-400ER has a range of approximately 7,720 statute miles.

A 747-400 typically takes off at 180 mph, cruises at 565 mph, and lands at 160 mph.

For a typical international flight, one 747 operator uses about 5.5 tons of food supplies and more than 50,000 in-flight service items.

A 747-400 has six million parts, half of which are fasteners.

The 747-400ER can carry more than 63,500 gallons of fuel, making it possible to fly non-stop between Los Angeles and Melbourne.

You could park 45 cars on a 747-400 wing.

The Wright Brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., could have taken place within the 150-foot economy section of a 747-400

  Mr Mistoffelees 09:35 01 Oct 2006


  sunny staines 10:11 01 Oct 2006

I can remember the first boeing 747 coming into land at heathrow in the 70's. the flight path on runway 28L was in view from our school and halfway through a lesson the whole class flocked to the windows to watch it fly in leaving the teacher speachless. now they are very common.

  Forum Editor 10:35 01 Oct 2006

Not really, I just love this particular plane because I've spent so much time in it.

  WhiteTruckMan 11:15 01 Oct 2006

just spending a lot of time on a particular aircraft is not reason enough to love it. Trust me on this, ok?

wiz-king: many years have successfully ridden me of the memory. Until you came along. Cheers. <g>


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