Top 10 facts about the "Queen of the Skies", Boeing-747.

  • At 32 hijackings, the 747 is the most hijacked wide body aircraft of all times.
  • With 3,718 fatalities since its introduction in 1970, the queen has claimed an average of 80 lives every year.
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Crash site of one of the worst aviation disaster till date, when 2 Boeing 747 collided into each other on 27th March 1977, at Los Rodeos Airport (TFM)
  • The queen was actually designed as a porter, the 747 was actually designed to compete against the C-5 Galaxy as a military transport aircraft, but lost and was modified to meet Pan Am requirement of an airplane twice the size of a 707.

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  • The leading edge slats and three part-flower flaps of a 747 when fully deployed increase the wing area by 21% and lift by 90%.
  • Early models of the 747 had a high-speed flutter problem in the wings. To solve this issue, Boeing placed depleted uranium counterweights in the outboard engine nacelles.
  • The wing of a 747-400 weighs about 95,000 pounds (43,090 kg) and is more than 30 times the weight of a Cessna 172.
  • At 2.7 meters, the engine fan diameter of the 747-8 is nearly as big as the fuselage of the B-29 bomber.
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A B-29 bomber, it was also used to drop nuclear bombs on Japan.
  • Starting September 2016, jumbo jet production will be reduced to just one every two months.

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  • The 747-8 has a wingspan of 68 meter, which is ½  a meters more than the length of 2 Boeing 737-700 parked end-to-end.

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