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    boeing just rolled the last 747 off of its assembly line


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    Sad end of an era. She'll be flying longer than the 380 though.
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    My girlfriends dad had a VW beetle that used to smoke like that.

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    The greatest of the Great

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    1974 I flew from Copenhagen to Seattle on an SAS 747 with a total of 50 passengers. Plenty of room to stretch out.

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    They made a LOT of $$ off that thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll
    1974 I flew from Copenhagen to Seattle on an SAS 747 with a total of 50 passengers. Plenty of room to stretch out.
    I think my friend Bob Allen was on that flight! He turned the whole center section into a bed.
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    Itís a good story how the 747 was developed.


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    I wish I'd flown it. But it was being phased out when I moved to the Base that had it.

    Pilots always spoke well of the way it handled.

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    Came back from Japan on one, having the entire business class section to myself. Four old ladies in first class and economy was completely filled with Japanese newlyweds. Once the old ladies fell asleep, the stewardesses snuck me up to the lounge so we could play cards and the didn't have far to go to the bar.

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    I was on a plane waiting to take off on a Friday afternoon in Houston in 2000. While sitting there I looked out the window to see a 747 start it's takeoff roll. The wings were drooping down slightly. As it slowly but gracefully picked up speed the wings gradually straightened out then started curving up as it was lifting off.

    I've flown on them a number of times back in the day. I think my last flight on one was in 2006. Since then for overseas flights it's been later model Boeing or Airbus.
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    started air travel in about 1950 with DC3's and DC4/DC6's. flown mostly A320's lately and it is a great aircraft but the rest of the experience sucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    1974 I flew from Copenhagen to Seattle on an SAS 747 with a total of 50 passengers. Plenty of room to stretch out.
    Once did a flight on a charter 747 made for 60 passengers. Had a lounge in the center, full beds upstairs, ballroom-size seating for two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan McCosh View Post
    Once did a flight on a charter 747 made for 60 passengers. Had a lounge in the center, full beds upstairs, ballroom-size seating for two.
    royalty?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    royalty?
    Landed at the Queen's airport in the UK.

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    Flew from the UK to Saudi my only trip in a 747 in 1996, 17 passengers and a double crew who were going to Saudi to pick up an aircraft there.. later flights were mostly 777.
    Just an amateur bodging away..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Adams View Post
    Sad end of an era. She'll be flying longer than the 380 though.
    I saw an article just recently that Airbus are going to do another production run of A380. New engines, much more economical. Emirates have ordered a number of them and there is high demand among passengers on long distance flights. Having flown Sydney Australia to Dallas Fort Worth, thats 16 1/2 hours a couple of times on those, they're head and shoulders in terms of comfort above the 777s I've flown on from Auckland to Buenos Aires which is only just a bit shorter.
    I'm planning to head up to Japan in March or April to hang out with Howard Rice, and am trying to work out a route that will take me as much of the way as possible on the Emirates big bird.

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    State of the art is 2 engine intercontinental. Used to be that you needed four for that. I guess that is what has killed the 747.

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    For a few years I was living and working in S. of France. The French are very nationalistic and do alot of things and build a lot of things their own way, just being French. Periodically I would fly back home to the USA. Nothing gave me greater pleasure than to fly out of CDG on an Air France 747.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Q View Post
    Flew from the UK to Saudi my only trip in a 747 in 1996, 17 passengers and a double crew who were going to Saudi to pick up an aircraft there.. later flights were mostly 777.
    'Q' , my best flight was a 'redeye' to reposition a 747 from San Diego to O'hare - 10 passengers and a bevy of flight crews - my flight attendant parked the drinks cart by my seat and asked how I wished my steak cooked. Did not see her again until mealtime.


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    Not many people outside Seattle know that the 747 was designed with Paper-Mate pen on an unfolded napkin at Andy’s Diner in 1965.
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