Supporting Amateur Radio Emergency Communications

Boeing 747The Boeing 747 airliner has been around for a while. Last Sunday, January 22nd, marked the anniversary of the first 747 entering commercial service.

QUESTION:

In what year did the Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet first enter commercial service?

ANSWER:

1970

EXPLANATION:

The 747 was conceived while air travel was increasing in the 1960s. The era of commercial jet transportation, led by the enormous popularity of the Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8, had revolutionized long-distance travel.  In April 1966, Pan Am ordered 25 747 aircraft for $525 million.

The 747 entered service on Pan Am’s New York–London route, on January 22, 1970.

The 747 in particular was expected to become obsolete after 400 were sold, but it exceeded its critics’ expectations with production passing the 1,000 mark in 1993. By December 2011, 1,427 aircraft had been built, with 97 of the 747-8 variants remaining on order.

NET CHECK-IN’s

A total of 33 people checked in to tonight’s net and 14 of those got the correct answer to the Trivia Question.  Congratulations to:

  • KI6GVX – Ryan
  • KI6GVY – Tony
  • KD6JEV – John
  • KD6JPD – Jerry
  • K6LMN – Roger
  • KI6LOV – Steve
  • KJ6LPE – Al
  • WA6MOX – Jessie
  • K6MSU – Ron
  • KG6RDA – Sidney
  • KF6ZQM – Harry
  • AF6TT – Leon
  • AD6UP – Louie
  • WA6USL – Murray

Thanks to everyone for checking in to the Net and supporting the Association.

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