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The Boeing 747 arrives in the UK

Posted in Aerospace, Anniversary, Transport, Travel on Saturday, 1 January 2011

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A Boeing 747, with a Boeing 707 in background. Illustration by Wilf Hardy

12 January marks the anniversary of the first landing at Heathrow by a Boeing 747  after its first transatlantic flight from New York in 1970. Nicknamed the ‘Jumbo Jet’, the 747 was two and a half times the size of the 707, one of the most popular commercial aircraft of the 1960s. The 747 used a double deck configuration for part of its length as it was thought that sub-sonic aeroplanes would be overtaken by supersonic aircraft as the chief form of passenger transport and the configuration would make it easier to convert into a cargo carrier. However, the 747 is still widely in service.

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