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Boeing 747 Aircraft Overview -

The Boeing 747 entered service with Pan American Airlines in January 1970 and became the workhorse of the world’s long-haul, high-capacity fleet. To-date, Boeing has delivered 1,365 747s in four basic types, the 747-100/-200/-300/-400.

In November 2005, after many false starts, Boeing finally launched the 747-8 Intercontinental to serve the 400-500-seat markets and the Boeing 747-8 Freighter.

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The Boeing 747 was the first passenger jet to have a twin-aisle cabin section and a staircase leading to an upper deck in the nose section. The 747 also achieved considerable success as a freighter and has an important military application in the form of the Boeing 747-E4 airborne emergency command and control post.

Two Boeing 747s form the presidential Air Force One transport, and a 747 was also converted to transport the Space Shuttle. A number of Boeing 747s have also been converted into luxury business aircraft..

Powered by four Pratt & Whitney/General Electric/Rolls-Royce turbofans the Boeing 747 remains the world’s fastest subsonic passenger jet. It has carried more than 3.5 billion passengers on 35 billion miles of revenue-earning service with 80 airlines.

Boeing 747 Aircraft History-

Rolled out at Boeing’s Everett plant in Seattle in September 1968, the Boeing 747-100 originated from Boeing’s failed entry for the US air force’s C-5 military transport competition. The 747 was Boeing’s response to a requirement for a 400-seat long-range transport and was launched in April 1966 with an order for 25 aircraft.

Powered initially by four 43,000lb thrust Pratt & Whitney JT9D turbofans the Boeing 747 was developed into freighter and passenger/freighter versions, with General Electric and eventually Rolls-Royce developing engines. A shortened version, the 747SP, was designed to fly higher and further than the standard aircraft.

The 440-seat Boeing 747-200B appeared in 1970 with higher take-off weights and more powerful engines. Next, Boeing introduced the stretched upper deck 747-300 which first flew in October 1982, with Swissair the first customer.

The most recent version, the Boeing 747-400, introduced major aerodynamic improvements, including winglets, new avionics and an all- new flight deck. After delivery to Northwest Airlines in January 1989 Boeing was rolling out a new 747-400 every six days. The 1,100th 747 was delivered to Virgin Atlantic in January 1996.

Read more about the history of Boeing 747 in the Flight Archive

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Boeing 747-400 Aircraft Specification-

 First Flight Date 29 April 1988
 Certification Date: 10 January 1989
 Principal Dimensions 
 Fuselage width: 6.5 m
 Fuselage height: 9.8 m
 Fuselage length: 68.63 m
Cabin length: 57.64 m
Cabin width: 6.1 m
Cabin height: 2.41 m
Hold volume: 171 m3
Weights 2.41 m
Empty operating: 179,015 kg
Max zero fuel: 246,074 kg
MTOW: 396,894 kg
MLW: 285,764 kg
Standard fuel capacity: 216,824 kg
Max fuel capacity 216,824 kg
Normal cruise: 875 km/h
Max cruise: 982 km/h/h
Long Range Cruise alt: 35,000 ft
Max Ceiling: 45,100 ft
Take Off field length: 3,400 m
Landing field length: 2,060 m
Max payload range: 10,695 km
Max passengers: 660
Typical passengers: 416


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