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 747 40th anniversary

Forty years ago this week, Boeing's 747 began earning money for its launch customer Pan Am. In this special package to mark the 40th anniversary, we outline how the Jumbo Jet evolved, talk to the man who led the team that created it, and examine what lies ahead for the next-generation models.

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Pan Am Boeing 747 & 707

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The 747 represented a new order of magnitude in airliner size compared with contemporary jets like the 707

 

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747 40th anniversary in pictures

Boeing 747 roll out Air Force One Boeing 747-400 JAL 747

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