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Airlife's Airliners Vol. 11:- Boeing 747 Classic

By Peter Gilchrist

ISBN: 9781840371567
PAGES: 128
BINDING: Paperback
SIZE: 297x210 mm
INSIDE: Colour and b/w photographs

The fact that the Boeing 747 was developed at all is a remarkable testament to the courage and self-belief of a small group of brilliant engineers, all of whom were willing to risk their hard-won reputations by building an aircraft that was so totally different to anything previously offered to the airlines.

Its acceptance for production go-ahead was also a notable example of corporate courage Ð because many problems lay ahead and there was an enormous amount at stake: had the aircraft not sold in very considerable numbers, the continuation of Boeing itself might have been at risk. As we now know, Boeing handled the problems brilliantly: today we accept flying and commercial aircraft as commonplace, and much of that is down to Boeing and the 747.

This book looks carefully at the history of this remarkable sequence of events, the development of the 747 family and the longevity of the Classic Ð pre-747-400 Ð versions.

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