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Raoul Isidro Images

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It just never grows old...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DN2VR3NytM0

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/18/Boeing_747-8_N747EX_First_Flight.jpg/800px-Boeing_747-8_N747EX_First_Flight.jpg
The all new 747-8 Jet Liner

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Dec 02 12 05:22 pm Link

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Orca Bay Images

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Lodi, California, US

The 747 didn't reinvent itself. Some engineers did.

Pretty great plane, though. It first rolled out my freshman year in high school. I never imagined it would still be in service by now.

Same for another Boeing product: the B-52. I maintained them back when I was in the Air Force in the '70s and even then they were considered dinosaurs. Thirty-five years later, a few are still flying.

Dec 02 12 05:50 pm Link

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Tony-S

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Fort Collins, Colorado, US

My dad was on the engineering team that designed the front landing assembly. We had to relocate to Seattle for about 10 months in the late 1960s.

Personally, I think it's too cramped for overseas flights. 777 is much better. I expect to have a flight on the 787 in June. Really looking forward to that.

Dec 02 12 06:01 pm Link

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Frank Lewis Photography

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Winter Park, Florida, US

It has been said that when the last B-2 is taken to storage at Davis-Monthan AFB in 20 years, the crew will go home flying a B-52. I would say the same thing about the 787, great plane that it is. When the last one goes into storage, the crew will go home on a 747...

Dec 02 12 08:15 pm Link

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DOUGLASFOTOS

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Los Angeles, California, US

I think your a Year Behind...LOL

This New Livery is one of the Best. They gave it 4 new designed engines, Longer extended Fuselage, and Cargo Carrier.

http://bcove.me/vb5ud92e


http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af133/cirtapfotos/747-8i_inflight_580.jpg

Dec 02 12 08:26 pm Link

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R A V E N D R I V E

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New York, New York, US

Orca Bay Images wrote:
The 747 didn't reinvent itself. Some engineers did.

bahaha Lt. Buzzkill reporting for duty

Dec 02 12 08:27 pm Link

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GPS Studio Services

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San Francisco, California, US

The big difference between the 747 and the Airbus is that the 747 will make money!

Dec 02 12 08:57 pm Link

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Instinct Images

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San Diego, California, US

DOUGLASFOTOS wrote:
I think your a Year Behind...LOL

This New Livery is one of the Best. They gave it 4 new designed engines, Longer extended Fuselage, and Cargo Carrier.

http://bcove.me/vb5ud92e


http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af133/cirtapfotos/747-8i_inflight_580.jpg

I think that's a MUCH nicer looking plane that the original.

Dec 02 12 08:59 pm Link

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Jay Dezelic

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Seattle, Washington, US

Instinct Images wrote:

I think that's a MUCH nicer looking plane that the original.

It pretty much looks the same as it did in 1968--just a little longer.  I was sort of hoping by now that we would be traveling in spacecraft.

Dec 02 12 10:46 pm Link

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Instinct Images

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San Diego, California, US

Jay Dezelic wrote:

It pretty much looks the same as it did in 1968--just a little longer.  I was sort of hoping by now that we would be traveling in spacecraft.

The top looks a lot more elegant than the original. That's why I think it looks so much better, it's a cleaner design.

Dec 02 12 10:55 pm Link

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Visual Serotonin

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Los Angeles, California, US

The 747 is a stroke of engineering luck. For example its hull is very solid and it can also fly on a single engine.

But it has a weak point like the Lockerbie bomb showed...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5naaWe3nLI

Dec 02 12 11:14 pm Link

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Jay Dezelic

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Seattle, Washington, US

Instinct Images wrote:

The top looks a lot more elegant than the original. That's why I think it looks so much better, it's a cleaner design.

Here is the first one ever built:
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_diedsJj6wzM/TGV67l0FgcI/AAAAAAAAFkQ/CUmKHbERRPo/s1600/747.jpg

Upper deck looks almost exactly the same as the OP photo. The extended upper deck option goes back to the 1970's.

Dec 02 12 11:19 pm Link

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Jay Dezelic

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Seattle, Washington, US

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Dec 02 12 11:21 pm Link

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Robb Mann

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Baltimore, Maryland, US

ei Total Productions wrote:
The big difference between the 747 and the Airbus is that the 747 will make money!

The A380 is a huge step forward, and was designed to have the same impact on the market that the 747 did when it was launched. As Boeing itself has learned with the 787, building a mostly composite aircraft is really hard.

747 is still in production. Slapping new engines and a new interior - basically grafting some 787 tech on the 747 is a much safer, and faster way to improve efficiency and make dough.

Dec 03 12 02:08 am Link

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Jerry Nemeth

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Dearborn, Michigan, US

I have a photo of one of the first 747 flights out of New York.

Dec 03 12 03:23 am Link

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Managing Light

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Salem, Virginia, US

ei Total Productions wrote:
The big difference between the 747 and the Airbus is that the 747 will make money!

And the 747's autopilot systems don't fight the pilot's taking over in unconventional flight situations.

Dec 03 12 01:04 pm Link