Boe­ing, Cel­e­brates the 747’s 45th An­niver­sary

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It was the spring of 1963 when Boe­ing formed an en­gi­neer­ing group to de­velop a large air­plane to meet pas­sen­ger and cargo growth pre­dicted for the 1970s. Just three years later, Boe­ing’s board of di­rec­tors de­cides to move for­ward with the 747 pro­grams. Pan Amer­i­can World Air­ways placed a $525 mil­lion or­der for 25 Boe­ing 747s.

Since Pan Am took de­liv­ery of the first 747 in 1969, Boe­ing has se­cured or­ders for more than 1,523 of the wide-body air­craft. With 45 years of his­tory, the plane has ac­cu­mu­lated a wealth of su­perla­tives. The 747 fleet serves more than 210 air­ports around the world. The plane has logged more than 42 bil­lion nau­ti­cal miles, equiv­a­lent to 101,500 trips from the Earth to the moon and back. As of Oc­to­ber 2013, it has flown more than 5.6 bil­lion people, equiv­a­lent to 80 per­cent of the world’s pop­u­la­tion.

For more fun facts visit boe­ing.com.

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