By Bowman M.W.
Absolutely the most well-liked and recognizable airliner of all time, the Boeing 747 has continuously set new criteria considering the fact that its advent in 1970. An authoritative heritage from one of many world's most useful aviation reporters, in addition to a beneficiant collection of images from the final 30 years, examines the wide variety of 747 editions, together with: freighter, mixed passenger/freighter, long-range, elevated potential, and armed forces versions.
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Formerly City of Cardiff. and City of St Andrews. now in 'Dove' scheme. John Dibbs « I- SEC 41 ,--CIl ~ 747-406 PH-BFM Mexico City of KLM Asia banking past Checkerboard Hill. Graham Dinsdale (Below) Snr 1st Off Alan Emery of British Airways does his walk-round check of 747-436 G-CIVM Nami Tsuru. or Speedbird 2018. before the departure from Denver, Colorado. for London-Gatwick. The swirling design in blue and grey on the tail is a traditional Japanese art form known as 'Nihon Ga'; the original painting on which the design is based is entitled 'Waves and Cranes'.
640cu It Cargo options. 2 million into developing the -200 to thi end - it wa the fin 747 to feature straight-in loading of bulk cargo through a hinged-up nose-hatch which Boeing termed a 'visor'. 4m) containers - the longest of which is 40ft (l2m) and a 747-200F can carry ix - to be loaded ide by side through the nose. A further 15 mill ion was spent developing an optional II x lOft (33 x 3m) side door which allow containers lOft (3m) high to be loaded on board and carried in the rear part of the cabin.
It first flew on 30 June 1980, and was delivered to Cathay Pacific on 16 July 1980. Graham Dinsdale (Top) Cathay Pacific 747-367 at Kai Tak, Hong Kong, 14 May 1990. Graham Dinsdale (Middle) Swissair 747-357 lifting off at Zurich in August 1998. Swissair was launch customer for the -300, taking delivery of its first -357BC, a Combi, on 6 March 1983. Graham Dinsdale (Bottom) SP-B5 HL7457 on finals at Kai Tak, 27 June 1997. It first flew on 30 January 1980 and was delivered to Korean Air on 18 March 1981.