How does one get over 300 tons of metals and plastic into the air, and more importantly keep it there? Magic innit? Well Boeing came up with that magic and Haynes have produced a book detailing the journey it took to get this behemoth into the air.
This book looks at why such a large plane was needed at all and the pressures to get it into service. Chapter One starts “When the first Boeing 747 touched down at Heathrow Airport from New York on 22 January 1970, it heralded the beginning of a popular revolution in long-haul air travel.” That is probably the biggest understatement in the book! Just 67 years after the Wright Brothers had made the first powered flight this monster of an aircraft takes to the passenger routes of the world – what a story!
This is a great history and Haynes have brought together in one book the story of the plane, its design, build and maintenance and also how it improved, changed, grew impossibly bigger and covered air transport from passenger, to cargo to President of the USA in Air Force One.
If you are the slightest bit interested in the history of air travel then this book is for you. Packed with facts, figures, pictures, diagrams and explanations of how and why various parts of the aircraft work.
The aircraft has been in service now for over 4 decades so there is a chapter on the recycling old 747s which, while very interesting, is a touch harrowing. Still nice to know that one of the world’s main companies in this market are English, based in Gloucestershire.
A good book, well worth the read and worth having on your book shelf. Couldn’t find the bit on how to kick-start a Jumbo though!
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