Joe Sutter, dubbed "The Father of the 747" has died, age 95. He lead the project to develop one of the most revolutionary aircraft, transforming aviation forever. Twice the size of anything else on the market at the time, it helped to drive down the cost of air travel, making air travel affordable to the masses.
I'm sure most of us have flown on a 747 at some point in our lives.
Has anyone flown on some of the "classics"? What was your greatest memory of the 747?
My first ever flight on a 747 was with KLM PH-BFO - "City of Orlando" from Bangkok to Amsterdam, my second long haul flight (after flying AF 77W to Singapore the week before).
A few years later I made my first ever flight in business class - upstairs on a BA 747. Now that's a flying experience - there's nothing like being upstairs with a handful of other people, completely forgetting about the 400+ passengers down below you!
I have flown on the 747 5 times, 4 on the 747-400 and once on the 747SP.
The SP was a great flight in old style business class and I was even able to sit in the cockpit during the flight and also for landing, I will never forget it.
Who's 747SP did you fly on?
I'm hoping to head to Iran next year - hopefully the 747SP will still by flying then!
It was the Iran Air 747SP, I have heard it's already stored, I hope that's wrong as it would be awesome to fly again.
In 1982 I flew aboard "Clipper Ocean Rover," N754PA, only six weeks before she was bombed inflight by Moslem terrorists, killing an innocent young woman traveling to visit the USA from Japan. The crew safely landed the crippled Queen of the Skies at Honolulu. Lest we never forget. Jonathan Blubaugh Everett, Washington
I flew a -219B wet leased by Airtours from NZ in a garish hybrid livery from MAN to BGI and back, aircraft ended up with Virgin after that!
I have also flown two different ANA -481's LHR-NRT return and BA -436's JNB-LHR and most recently YVR-LHR return.
I unfortunately have never flown on a B747, but I do remember my first time seeing one up close. Last summer I flew to Chicago aboard a Spirit A320 and after landing we passed a United Airlines B747 that was parked at its gate. I I teared up the moment I laid eyes on it.
Fast forward a few days later, the A320 I was on for my flight home taxied quite close to a British Airways B747 that had just landed. It took my breath away; the size of these aircraft is just incredible. I do hope to have the opportunity to fly on one of these beauties some day.
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