Boeing 747 Takes Its First Flight. Source: The Atlantic

On February 9, 1969, Boeing flew its 747 model, christened the City of Everett, for the first time.  Crowds of people gathered at Paine Field in Everett, Washington that morning to witness the flight of the largest transport plane in the world. On board were pilot Jack Waddell, co-pilot Brien Wygle, and flight engineer Jess Wallick. Read more at History Link and at Financial Times.

The April 28, 1969, issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology carried an 11-page special photo report detailing the Boeing 747 assembly process, with photos of the second and third aircraft on the production line at Everett, as well as photos of the first 747-100 being inspected after its first flight. Check out the Aviation Week & Space Technology’s  photo gallery of the  Boeing 747-100 Assembly Line In 1969.

If you are interested in the restoration works of the ‘City of Everett, be sure to check out the photo gallery of the Restoration of Boeing’s first 747 ‘jumbo jet’, as well as the information available at The Museum of Flight.

You may also be interested in reading about The Legendary Men behind the Historic Boeing 747, Joe Stutter, published on the Airline Reporter’s after the Museum of Flight in Seattle finished the first phase of restoring the historic first 747 to its original 1969 appearance.

As engineering and airline economics have moved on, this 70s superstar has become a thing of the past, as Stephen Bayley writes in his article: The Boeing 747 is heading for retirement.