The Boeing 747, often referred to as the Mauve Jet, was an unusual commercial airplane for its time. The world's first plane, produced by the Queen of Heaven, boasted an upper deck, and the ability of passengers to remain unrivaled for decades.
747-100 first entered service in 1970 with, Panam now. Model-200 followed in 1971, featuring more powerful engines and higher MTOW (Max Take-Off Weight). Boeing followed the 747SP (Special Performance), which introduced a longer range, and entered service in 1976.
Boeing launched the 300 model in 1980, which directed from studies to increase the capacity of 747. 300 featured cargo bodies and the top deck stretched. This version, along with the -100, -200, and SP, were read together in the 747 "classics". It's time for a more significant upgrade. The most common version, the 747-400, came into service in 1989. This version was shown, along with the strained top deck of 300, more fuel-efficient engines, and was the first feature feature 2 crew cockpit crew, eliminating the need for flight engineer, The most common variant in the service. The 400 has a wingspan longer than the classic, and it has wing wings, which have reduced drag, and is the most common aesthetic feature used to distinguish the version from 300.
747-400 dominated the long-term market for many years. It is operated by almost every major airline in the world and controls every major international airport. It was not until the late 2000's that 400 had to face competition, after the large Airbus A380 went into service. Boeing finally responded by launching a newer, more fuel efficient version.
The third generation 747-8 was launched in 2009, with Lufthansa, and entered service in 2012. This variant boasted a composite body, as shown on the 787, and other fuel-efficient engines. It also featured an increase in capacity, thanks to the body of the upper deck aircraft. Unfortunately, this failed to catch the market and was unable to match, not to mention the cost, the success of the 400.
The four engines of time of 747 comes to an end, with a growing number of airlines spanning the type in favor of a more efficient jet engine Engines. The passenger-8, was unable to attract as many sales as Boeing enjoyed, having earned less than 50 orders from 3 major airlines, as the quad could no longer compete with as 777, 787, and Airbus A350.
This time 747 enjoys a great reputation as one of the most successful aircraft in history. As we see an increasing number of smaller aircraft and twin engine in place, the industry will always remember the beauty and grace in which the Boeing 747 is decorated with our own sky.