The world's largest jet airliner, the Boeing 747, made its public debut Monday (Sep. 30) in Everett, Washington.
Plane towed out of hangar
3 shots passengers boarding
2 shots stewardess up staircase
2 shots stewardess into lounge
2 shots exterior of aircraft
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Background: The world's largest jet airliner, the Boeing 747, made its public debut Monday (Sep. 30) in Everett, Washington.
The $20 million aircraft was rolled out of its hangar for public viewing, although it won't be ready for delivery to airlines until October of 1969.
The Boeing 747 is bigger in every way than any previous commercial aircraft. It has a passenger capacity of 490, with 10-abreast seating. It weighs 700-thousand pounds--more than twice as much as any previous commercial jet--and it can carry three-thousand pieces of luggage.
The 747 is 231 feet long. Its wing span is 195 feet, 6 inches and it is powered by four Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines with a combined thrust of 174-thousand pounds. Its top speed is 625 mph.
Among its unique features is an upper-level lounge, which is connected to the main passenger compartment by a spiral staircase. Passengers board the plane through five double-width doors on each side of the fuselage. The main passenger compartment is 20 feet wide and will seat from four to 10 abreast, depending on class.
The 747 will make its maiden flight in December of this year, after which it will undergo 10 months of shakedown flights before being certified by the United States government.