Tech History

January 12, 1970

First Flight of Boeing 747

A British Airways 747-400 in white, blue and red livery during takeoff with its landing gear retracting.

The Boeing 747, the original “Jumbo Jet”, makes its maiden flight. The 747 was the first wide-body airliner, first to use the twin-aisle concept, and the first airliner to use high bypass turbofan engines.

The Boeing 747 is an American wide-body commercial jet airliner and cargo aircraft, often referred to by its original nickname, Jumbo Jet, or Queen of the Skies.
Wingspan: 60 m
Range: 9,800 km
Designer: Joe Sutter
Engine types: Jet engine, Turbofan
Manufacturers: Boeing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
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