Evolution of a Widebody: 50 Years of the Boeing 747

Half a century after Boeing’s 747 took to the skies, with large twin-aisle aircraft now commonplace, it is difficult to imagine the step change the 747 represented. We take a look back through the archives to the origins of the Golden Girl. Words by Guy Norris.

The Boeing 747, dubbed the Queen of the Skies, has graced the cover of Aviation Week & Space Technology on numerous occasions since its inception. See the story of the 747 in our digital archive.


 

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