747 Boeing 747, the Queen of the Skies

This episode focuses on the “Queen of the Skies,” the Boeing 747.

The last Boeing 747 to be delivered on the tarmac.
The last Boeing 747. Photo by @Jetcitystar.

Boeing 747

We look at the history of the Boeing 747, some facts and figures, our memories of the plane, the 747 in the news, and we discuss a few of the accidents and incidents. We also have some personal photos of the Boeing 747 taken by our listeners.

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Australia News Desk

This week being episode 747, the boys decided to have a little fun and look at some Australian Boeing 747 milestones over the years.  There are so many to cover, so these are just a snapshot.  We highly recommend checking out http://aussieairliners.org/ as a superb reference on Jumbo’s and many, many other types in Australian service.

Qantas VH-OJA on the runway.
Qantas VH-OJA. Image credit – Seth Jaworski

In the news this week, regional operator ReX have made the decision to cut schedules across their route network, citing the impact of global supply chain issues impacting their ability to service and operate their fleet, especially in terms of sourcing parts & spares for their SAAB 340’s. 

Rex Cutting Flights In Australia

The Australian Government’s Defence Strategic Review has been released, and we continue to pour over the details, with the Army appearing to cop the brunt of cutbacks and/or changes to equipment and posturing, while the impact, if any, on defence aviation operations remains to be seen.  We’ll have more on this in future editions of this report, and on Plane Crazy Down Under and the Australian Defence Magazine podcast in coming weeks.

The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine. It’s hosted by Grant McHerron and produced by Steve Visscher.

Listener Photos

KLM 747-400 at the gate.
KLM 747-400, Amsterdam June 2018. Photo by Ted.
Sheik of Dubai’s Boeing 747 parked at LEX.
Sheik of Dubai’s Boeing 747 parked at LEX. Photo by Greg.
Joplin Missouri Presidential visit in 2006 - Air Force One. Photo by Adam.
Joplin Missouri Presidential visit in 2006. Photo by Adam.
Lufthansa 747-8i landing LAX. Photo by Greg.
Lufthansa 747-8i landing LAX. Photo by Greg.
First time spotting. Photo by Heliscone.
First time spotting. Photo by Heliscone.
Atlas Air Boeing 747 cargo plane landing at CVG. Photo by Greg.
Atlas Air landing at CVG. Photo by Greg.

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Hosts this Episode

Max Flight, Rob Mark, David Vanderhoof, Max Trescott, and our Main(e) Man Micah. Contributions by Grant McHerron and Steve Visscher.

One thought on “747 Boeing 747, the Queen of the Skies

  1. Peter Tarantelli

    Enjoyed the 747 episode and wanted to share my 747 story. It was January 1970 and my family was returning to the States after living in Italy for 2 years (my Dad was an advertising exec with G.E.). Our trip home included a short vacation in Ireland with a stopover at London Heathrow. As we taxied, the captain made a PA telling us about the new Jumbo jet that had just arrived from JFK and if we looked out the right side we could see it. Fast forward 50 years and my son is living in South Korea. My daughter and I are going to visit. I had flown many times but never on a 747. I purposely found flights that included a leg in a 747, Narita to Detroit. Finally able to check that plane off the list. Oh, that first 747, the one that made the inaugural flight with PanAm, that was one of the two 747s involved in the Tenerife disaster. Thanks for covering the 747 in this episode, I really enjoy the podcast. Peter

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