My dad has many memories with the 747. He's taxied her around the crowded Chicago O'Hare taxiways. They always had problems with United 895 going to Beijing, China. I remember one time seeing him working on it from the gate. I was so interested in what he was doing. Here is a photo my father took when Chicago was bidding for the 2016 summer Olympics. You can see it says "Chicago 2016" on the beautiful tulip paint job.
If there's one lesson I can pass along to people in situations like mine, it's that the best way to see a program through -- and it took me a long time to learn this -- is simply to accept the help, cooperate, and let others do what they think is worthwhile. In the meantime, continue racing to the finish line.
The delivery date left 28 months to design the aircraft, which was two-thirds of the normal time. The schedule was so fast-paced that the people who worked on it were given the nickname "The Incredibles". Developing the aircraft was such a technical and financial challenge that management was said to have "bet the company" when it started the project.
Boeing announces a new 490 passenger 747 transport, with construction set to begin at a new plant in Everett, Washington.
The first 747-100 makes its first flight, 4 months after being rolled out of the new Everett plant.
The new 747 makes its first commercial service, flying from New York to London for Pan Am.
United's first 747 flies the airline's first commercial 747 service from San Francisco to Honolulu.
United's Friendship one (a 747SP) sets the around-the-world airspeed record and raises $500,000 for children's charities. Tickets were sold for at least $5,000, with passengers including Neil Armstrong, Bob Hoover, Lietenant General Laurence C. Craigie, and Moya Lear.
United's takes delivery of its first 747-400.
Boeing delivers its first of two modified 747-200Bs to enter service as Air Force One.
Boeing delivers the 1500th 747, making it the first widebody to reach 1,500 deliveries.
United flies their last international 747 flight from Seoul to San Francisco.
United retires the 747 with a final commercial flight from San Francisco to Honolulu.