Happy Birthday Jumbo

 

From Planes

Happy Birthday to the Boeing 747 which first flew on this day in 1969. The risk this project represented  for Boeing is often overlooked, had it failed so would have Boeing itself.

Of course it was a great sucess and its impact on the world has been profound, long distance air travel for “normal people” would not have been possible without the dramatic changes in the economics of flying that the 747 introduced.

Today the 747 has flown 3.5 billion people equivalent to halt the worlds population, or  twice the number of people who access the internet.

Written and submitted from home, using my home 802.11 network.

One comment

  1. Chris Brind

    Arguably, this was a disaster for the planet, both in terms of environmental impact and the impact on places of natural beauty by tourists. Is the world a better place for being smaller?

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