25 Facts About Boeing 747


Boeing 747 is a large, long-range wide-body airliner designed and manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes in the United States.

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The Boeing 747 was the first airplane dubbed "Jumbo Jet", the first wide-body airliner.

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The Boeing 747 is the basis for several government and military variants, such as the VC-25, E-4 Emergency Airborne Command Post, Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, and some experimental testbeds such as the YAL-1 and SOFIA airborne observatory.

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All of the companies solved this problem by moving the cockpit above the cargo area; Douglas had a small "pod" just forward and above the wing, Lockheed used a long "spine" running the length of the aircraft with the wing spar passing through it, while Boeing 747 blended the two, with a longer pod that ran from just behind the nose to just behind the wing.

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Boeing 747 was conceived while air travel was increasing in the 1960s.

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Ultimately, the high-winged CX-HLS Boeing design was not used for the 747, although technologies developed for their bid had an influence.

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Boeing 747 considered locations in about 50 cities, and eventually decided to build the new plant some 30 miles north of Seattle on a site adjoining a military base at Paine Field near Everett, Washington.

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The Boeing 747 was found to be largely immune to "Dutch roll", a phenomenon that had been a major hazard to the early swept-wing jets.

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However, these difficulties did not prevent Boeing 747 from taking a test aircraft to the 28th Paris Air Show in mid-1969, where it was displayed to the public for the first time.

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The Boeing 747 received its FAA airworthiness certificate in December 1969, clearing it for introduction into service.

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Boeing 747 enjoyed a fairly smooth introduction into service, overcoming concerns that some airports would not be able to accommodate an aircraft that large.

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Boeing estimated that half of the early 747 sales were to airlines desiring the aircraft's long range rather than its payload capacity.

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In 2000, Boeing offered the more modest 747X and 747X stretch derivatives as alternatives to the Airbus A3XX.

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However, in early 2004, Boeing announced tentative plans for the 747 Advanced that were eventually adopted.

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The Boeing 747 remained the largest passenger airliner in service until the Airbus A380 began airline service in 2007.

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Boeing 747 is a large, wide-body airliner with four wing-mounted engines.

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Boeing 747 has redundant structures along with four redundant hydraulic systems and four main landing gears each with four wheels; these provide a good spread of support on the ground and safety in case of tire blow-outs.

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The Boeing 747 has split control surfaces and was designed with sophisticated triple-slotted flaps that minimize landing speeds and allow the Boeing 747 to use standard-length runways.

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Later, as airlines began to use the upper deck for premium passenger seating instead of lounge space, Boeing 747 offered an upper deck with ten windows on either side as an option.

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In 1987, Boeing re-opened the 747SP production line after five years to build one last 747SP for an order by the United Arab Emirates government.

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The -200 was the first Boeing 747 to provide a choice of powerplant from the three major engine manufacturers.

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In March 2007, Boeing 747 announced that it had no plans to produce further passenger versions of the -400.

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Boeing 747 was not able to attract enough interest to launch the aircraft.

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Young -400s are sold for 320 million yuan and Boeing 747 stopped converting freighters, which used to cost nearly $30 million.

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Wings of a Boeing 747 have been recycled as roofs of a house in Malibu, California.

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