The Boeing 747 | Queen of the skies
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The Boeing 747 | Queen of the skies

The Boeing 747 | Queen of the skies

On Sept. 30, 1968, the first Boeing 747 jumbo jet was rolled out of the Everett, Wash., assembly building before the world’s press and representatives of the 26 airlines that had ordered the plane, and first flight took place on Feb. 9, 1969. 

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The Boeing 747 | Queen of the skies

The first Boeing 747 jumbo jet, christened the City of Everett and largest transport plane in the world, departs on its first flight on Feb. 9, 1969, in Everett, Wash.

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The Boeing 747 | Queen of the skies

A Pan Am air hostess serves champagne in the first-class cabin of a Boeing 747 jumbo jet in 1970.

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The Boeing 747 | Queen of the skies

The crew of the first commercial flight of the Boeing 747 from New York to London for Pan American poses for a photograph outside the aircraft before boarding, Jan. 21, 1970.

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The Boeing 747 | Queen of the skies

Pan American Airways pilots are seen in the cockpit of the Boeing 747 at London Heathrow airport, on Jan. 22, 1970, after its first commercial flight.

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The Boeing 747 | Queen of the skies

A coach lounge aboard a Boeing 747 jumbo jet.

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The Boeing 747 | Queen of the skies

Two United Parcel Service Boeing 747 cargo aircraft on the tarmac of Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok airport in 2003.

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The Boeing 747 | Queen of the skies

A Boeing 747-8 intercontinental aircraft undergoes a final body join at Boeing’s Everett, Wash. assembly plant.

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The Boeing 747 | Queen of the skies

A British Airways Boeing 747 taxis at sunrise in 2010 at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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The Boeing 747 | Queen of the skies
SOFIA is a Boeing 747SP jetliner modified to carry a 100-inch diameter telescope. It is a joint project of NASA and the German Aerospace Center. NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley manages the SOFIA program, science and mission operations in cooperation with the Universities Space Research Association headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, and the German SOFIA Institute (DSI) at the University of Stuttgart. The aircraft is based at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center’s Hangar 703, in Palmdale, Calif. (NASA)
The Boeing 747 | Queen of the skies
Yal 1A AIrborne Laser Aircraft conducts initial ball rotation tests at Western Test Range. The YAL-1 Airborne Laser (ABL) is a heavily modified Boeing 747-400F fitted with a megawatt-class chemical oxygen iodine laser (COIL) primarily designed to destroy tactical ballistic missiles (TBMs), similar to the Scud, while in boost phase. The project was cut from the 2010 U.S. Department of Defense budget. (U.S. Missile Defense Agency)
The Boeing 747 | Queen of the skies

The new Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental after landing at Le Bourget airport near Paris in June 2011. Boeing’s new long version of its famed jumbo jet landed outside Paris a day ahead of its debut outside the U.S. at the Paris International Air Show.

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The Boeing 747 | Queen of the skies

A Boeing 747-8 at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport in 2011.

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The Boeing 747 | Queen of the skies

Space shuttle Endeavour sits atop a Boeing 747 at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sept. 17, 2012.

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The Boeing 747 | Queen of the skies

Ellie Hong, 12, of Northridge, takes video for KidScoop Media as President Obama departs Los Angeles International Airport aboard Air Force One, a Boeing 747, on Oct. 25, 2016.

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The Boeing 747 | Queen of the skies

A Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 sits on the tarmac at England’s Manchester Airport in 2012.

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The Boeing 747 | Queen of the skies

A Cargolux Boeing 747 cargo aircraft lands at Payerne airport in Switzerland in 2015.

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The Boeing 747 | Queen of the skies

A Qantas Boeing 747 flys over the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne in 2015.

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The Boeing 747 | Queen of the skies

An Atlas Air Boeing 747-47UF cargo airplane approaches Los Angeles International Airport after leaving Chicago on its way to Sydney, Australia, on Feb. 11, 2017.

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