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747: Creating the Worlds First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation by Joe Sutter747 is the thrilling story behind the Queen of the Skies -- the Boeing 747 -- as told by Joe Sutter, one of the most celebrated engineers of the twentieth century, who spearheaded its design and construction.
Born in 1921 in Seattle, Sutter grew up on a hilltop overlooking the Boeing plant and flying field. It was a thrilling era of open cockpits, silk scarves, leather helmets, and goggles. After serving in World War II, Sutter joined Boeing, then a small company, eager to build airplanes.
In July 1965, he was asked to lead the large Boeing team designing the new 747. Pan Am wanted a new airliner as quickly as possible. This all-new transport had to be far bigger than anything in service or even on anybodys drawing board. To make it fly, Sutter and his team would have to push far beyond the technological boundaries of the late 1960s. Could it be done?
Almost everything about the 747 would be unprecedented. Its cabin would be so wide that it would need two aisles. Its horizontal tail would be bigger than the wings of most airliners ever built. Jet engines big enough to lift it off the ground didnt yet exist. Runways at the worlds airports couldnt handle it, and neither could Boeings factories. They had to erect the worlds largest building just to produce it. A truly mammoth undertaking, the 747 became one of the most successful airplane models ever.
Sutters vivid narrative takes us back to a time when American technology was cutting-edge -- the 747 came on the market the same year that men first set foot on the moon -- and jet travel was still glamorous and new. With wit and warmth, he gives an insiders sense of the larger-than-life-size personalities -- and the tensions -- in the aeronautical world. Ultimately, 747 is an inspiring story of grit and glory.
747: How the jumbo jet shaped 50 years of flight
Please refresh the page and retry. It currently has 36 jumbo jets, according to the website Airfleets. Demand for the , which has been tweaked and upgraded many times since its first flight in , has dried up. No new orders were received last year and it is expected that Boeing will be forced to call time on the jumbo jet before long. Since Boeing has produced more than 1, s. Besides BA, the biggest users of the include a clutch of venerable carriers. Last month we reported on the final flight of one of its jumbos, registration PH-BFR, which was greeted on the runway by a herd of deer.
The Boeing is an American wide-body commercial jet airliner and cargo aircraft. The first wide-body airplane produced, it was the first plane dubbed a " Jumbo Jet".
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