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Check Six: First Boeing 747 Commercial Flight – 50 years ago

January 22, 2020

From the This Day in Aviation website

a crowd is gathered at London's Heathrow Airport in England after a Pan Am Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet arrived in from New York. The 360 seat jet was the first of its kind to complete a transatlantic crossing. For decades, the Boeing’s 747 was the Queen of the Skies. But the glamorous double-decker jumbo jet that revolutionized air travel and shrunk the globe could be nearing the end of the line. (AP Photo, File)
A crowd is gathered at London’s Heathrow Airport in England after a Pan Am Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet arrived in from New York. (AP Photo, File)

22 January 1970: Captain Robert M. Weeks and crew flew the Pan American World Airways Boeing 747-121, N736PA, Clipper Young America, New York to London on a 6 hour, 43-minute inaugural passenger-carrying flight of the new wide-body jet. Aboard were a crew of 20 and 335 passengers.

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