CP Air B-747-217B, Empress of Japan
Another Boeing 747 Photo
Read the story about CP Air on the "Canadian Airline" blog:
The -200 model entered service in 1971. It featured more powerful engines and higher takeoff weight.
1974 Qantas established a world record for carrying the most passengers when it evacuated 673 people on a 747 flight from Darwin after the city was devastated by Cyclone Tracy. The airline flew out a total of 4925 people.
In 1991, a record-breaking 1,122 passengers were airlifted aboard a 747 to Israel as part of Operation Solomon to Israel (1,087 passengers were registered, but dozens of children hid in their mothers' robes). "Planners expected to fill the aircraft with 760 passengers. Because the passengers were so light, many more were squeezed in." Two babies were born during the flight.
Operation Solomon was a 36 hour Air lift from Ethiopia to Israel, with non-stop flights of 34 Israeli aircraft, including IAF C- 130s and El Al cargo planes, transported 14,325 Ethiopian Jews to Israel.
Scan of photo given to me when I flew the CP B-747-200 simulator at the CP Flight Center in Vancouver BC in 1987.