The end of an era: Farewell to the Boeing 747

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 12:32:24 AM. It’s been more than 40 years, but Tamula Sawyer still remembers the soft emerald green dress and stylish high heels she wore on her first trip aboard a Boeing 747 from Boston to Honolulu.Back then, said Sawyer, who lives in Worcester, Mass., people...
It’s been more than 40 years, but Tamula Sawyer still remembers the soft emerald green dress and stylish high heels she wore on her first trip aboard a Boeing 747 from Boston to Honolulu. Back then, said Sawyer, who lives in Worcester, Mass., people dressed to fly. The seats were huge and comfortable and the plane was nearly empty – so empty that passengers could choose their seats. Dixie Deans was 18 when he immigrated with his family to the United States from Dublin. It was the first time he’d flown anywhere and the 747 was just about the biggest thing he’d ever seen. His mother, father and seven siblings took up two full rows of seats in the middle on the world’s first widebody jet. “I remember thinking that the first plane I was on, going to America, was a 747 and how cool that was,” he recalled. And so the announcement this year that two of the country’s biggest airlines, United and Delta, were retiring the iconic plane hit hard. While international carriers and freight companies will continue to use the 747, it will no longer be a sight. “I feel sad that this wonderful plane that brought (me) to America is coming to an end,” said Deans, 55. “It will stay in my heart forever.” The retirement announcement spurred a wave of nostalgia for a plane that for better or worse forever changed the way people traveled. Air travel was still considered a luxury when Boeing made its huge bet on a jet like no other. The company, still recouping the money it had invested in the 707, was...Read more
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