A Golden Anniversary
On February 9th, 1969 a legendary aircraft that would become known as the “Queen” of the skies took to the air for the first time. Boeing Aircraft’s Billion dollar gamble would pay off in a big way, as one of the most recognizable aircraft of all time celebrates its’ 50th birthday. Since the Boeing 747 was first introduced into service on January 22nd, 1970 by launch customer Pan American World Airways, 1,548 747’s have been built to date with another 24 orders on the books.
Boeing 747’s have been built in many different variants including passenger, cargo, and combi (part passenger and part cargo) configurations. In fact most of the major airlines of the world at one point flew 747’s or still do today.
Boeing’s Masterpiece also serves with foreign governments, businesses and air forces around the world. It is no surprise that the President of the United States uses 2 highly modified 747-200’s designated the VC-25A as their primary means of transportation. It is also fitting that a Boeing 747-8 was chosen to replace the fleet of VC-25A’s in the years to come.
Although this iconic “Jumbo Jet” is entering the twilight of its passenger carrying days, it will continue to fly cargo for many years to come. All hail the Queen on this Golden Anniversary! Until next time, “Blue Skies to All!”