Sunday Times

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- ● L S.

The num­ber of years it’s been since the Boe­ing 747 was launched.

The first one was rolled out in Seat­tle on Septem­ber 30 1968, and took its first flight in Fe­bru­ary 1969, en­ter­ing ser­vice with Pan Amer­i­can World Air­ways in Jan­uary 1970.

Its iconic sta­tus mainly comes down to its revo­lu­tion­ary de­sign. It was the first plane to have al­most-ver­ti­cal side­walls and a high ceil­ing, giv­ing pas­sen­gers a sense of spaciousne­ss. In­stead of a long, thin tube, the cabin was split up into “rooms”, with gal­leys and lava­to­ries in­stalled as di­viders.

CNN re­ports that there are close to 500 of the planes still fly­ing, although many air­lines are now re­plac­ing them with larger, more ad­vanced, and more ef­fi­cient twin-en­gine planes.

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