The Boeing 747 was launched in 1968, and United made its first commercial 747 flight in July 1970 with a trip from San Francisco to Honolulu. It was called the Friend Ship. On November 7, United Airlines will retire the "Queen of the Skies" on a farewell flight on the same route as her beginning. Other airlines are also retiring this iconic aircraft. Replaced by more efficient airplanes, it is doubtful that any aircraft flying today will replace the emotion and connected feeling that the 747 earned from pilot and passenger alike.
The 747 in the 1970s was known not just for technological achievements but also for its glamour. With a lounge, cocktail service and sometimes even a piano, it held the promise of an elegant, relaxing travel experience. She didn't disappoint.
This week's episode brings back a SimpleFlight Radio favorite, Karlene Petitt to chat with Marc and Rhonda about her experience as a pilot, trainer, and engineer in the 747. Join us and listen as Karlene helps us take a trip down memory lane, as we honor this magnificent and classy symbol of the promise of aviation.
Link To Karlene's Doctoral Research site: www.petittaviationresearch.com
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BLUE SKIES and TAILWINDS!!!