On February 9, 1969, the Boeing 747 made its maiden test flight. While Boeing was an also-ran in the passenger aircraft industry along with Lockheed, Convair and Douglas – this aircraft delivered a statement that instilled Boeing’s position for 20 years as the prime provider of passenger aircraft. True, the other 7×7 machines were profit makers for Boeing, but non were an equal to the 747 (I would have to admit that ex fighter pilots loved the 727 which could execute 2-3 G turns).
Boeing’s newest effort is the 787 which has recently made its first test flight. In a sense, the 787 is the worlds first plastic airplane as it uses more composites than any other plane since the Stealth Bomber. The rational behind this approach is fuel efficiency.
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