Celebrating 50 years of the Boeing 747

This month we celebrate 50 years of the Boeing 747!

Let’s go back to 1964 and explore its birth and impact within the industry.

Initial developments of the jetliner and influence on the aviation world

In 1964, Boeing invented the era of the widebody.

Aircraft development plans looked to a 747-family double-decker concept closely related and influenced by components of the CX-HLS airlifter.

According to the Aviation Week Network, passenger capacities of the 747-family ranged between 311 to 433 with a maximum take-off gross weight at approximately 600,000 lb.

The build-up to finalising plans to manufacturer the Boeing 747 ignited new developments which would later influence the future of aircraft advancements and ideas.

For instance, many interior designers began to consider the possibility of in-flight bars, entertainment and community areas within a widebody aircraft which arguably reflects our in-flight entertainment systems, business and first-class concepts of airliners today.

Additionally, other major technological developments within the early creations of the 747 have become the norm of aircraft engineering.

This includes the Boeing 747 introduction of digital control and displays to identify the precise latitude and longitude locations alongside capabilities to detect the distance and direction to the destination.

Further to this, the establishment of a keyboard with ‘push-buttons’ to allow pilots to program navigational waypoints.

The first test flight of Boeing 747 took to the skies on February 9th, 1969 from Snohomish County Paine Field in Washington and the rest is history. 

The role of growing demand and development in aviation skills and training for the success of aircrafts such as the Boeing 747

The developments of the Boeing 747 came about as a result of demand and growth for air travel in the 1960s.

The global aviation industry continues to grow today heightened by globalisation and the ever-connected and shrinking world.

The future of aviation, therefore, relies on the continuous developments of aircraft which, in turn, relies on the continuous developments of aviation skills.

Without aviation training, we cannot improve, design, develop and test aircraft and future adaptations safely.

Just take the first flight of the Boeing 747. The pilots had to land the aircraft early due to flap misalignment. Here, engineers learnt the importance of eliminating human error and the need for continuous test flights, test programs and training to secure the success of the widebody aircraft.

Models that followed and now into the 21st century reflect the importance of this through required regulatory training by airliners throughout the whole process from manufacturing to full operations.

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Happy 50th Boeing 747!

Read the full Boeing 747 story by Aviation Week Network here.