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.

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    April 13, 1966

    Boeing announces a new 490 passenger 747 transport, with construction set to begin at a new plant in Everett, Washington.

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    February 9, 1969

    The first 747-100 makes its first flight, 4 months after being rolled out of the new Everett plant.

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    January 21, 1970

    The new 747 makes its first commercial service, flying from New York to London for Pan Am.

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    July 23, 1970

    United's first 747 flies the airline's first commercial 747 service from San Francisco to Honolulu.

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    January 29, 1988

    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.

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    June, 1989

    United's takes delivery of its first 747-400.

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    August 23, 1990

    Boeing delivers its first of two modified 747-200Bs to enter service as Air Force One.

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    June 28, 2014

    Boeing delivers the 1500th 747, making it the first widebody to reach 1,500 deliveries.

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    October 29, 2017

    United flies their last international 747 flight from Seoul to San Francisco.

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    November 7, 2017

    United retires the 747 with a final commercial flight from San Francisco to Honolulu.

Keep the dream alive. Fly the 747 with us.

PMDG 747 QOTS II - Friendship One


PMDG 747 QOTS II - Rainbow (c.1989)


PMDG 747 QOTS II - Battleship Gray


PMDG 747 QOTS II - Rising Blue


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