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.