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To mark the 50th anniversary of the start of flight tests on the Boeing 747 in February 1969, Australian Aviation is republishing Ellis Taylor’s report from the April 2010 edition of the magazine on the first flight of the latest, most recent variant of the iconic aircraft, the 747-8, in February 2010.
Boeing is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the rollout of the first 747 at its Everett final assembly line in Washington State just outside Seattle.
Qantas took delivery of its first Boeing 747 on August 16 1971, which means the type has been in the airline’s fleet for 47 years.
Qantas has switched its Los Angeles-New York (JFK)-Los Angeles tag flight from the Boeing 747-400 to the 787-9 Dreamliner.