Boeing, Celebrates the 747’s 45th Anniversary
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.
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