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Boeing 747 Classic (Airliner Color History) Paperback – January, 2001


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Product Details

  • Series: Airliner Color History
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International (January 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760310076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760310076
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,379,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At the same time, the U.S. Air Force needed a large-capacity cargo and troop transport.
Daniel L. Berek
Of course, there are also lots and lots of excellent photographs throughout this comprehensive volume, including many shots of jetliners under construction.
David Von Pein
This volume covers the original incarnations of the Boeing 747 ... the 100, 200, 300 and short-bodied SP.
Gordon K. Werner

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Von Pein on December 8, 2001
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This is another in a growing list of outstanding publications in the "Airliner Color History" series! Every possible detail you could ever want to know regarding the early ("Classic") models of Boeing's magnificently-enormous 747 Jumbo jet airliner are included in this very well-illustrated 128-page volume!! Tons of information about these awesome flying machines are at your fingertips here. All kinds of technical data & graphs & charts are provided, as well as sections covering "747 accidents", "airline operators" (featuring info & photos on just about EVERY airline ever to operate a B747 Classic!), and "production history" (which is a listing of all 800+ aircraft, including the date each one first took to the skies).
Of course, there are also lots and lots of excellent photographs throughout this comprehensive volume, including many shots of jetliners under construction. In all, this is a MUST for aviation fans, or for anyone who likes to look and read about Boeing's mightiest achievement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gordon K. Werner on July 21, 2003
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The Airlife's Airliner series of books cover individual commercial aircraft types in an interesting, in-depth manner.
Each volume of this British series covers a unique commercial aircraft type from its design, production, entry into service, its usage by airlines, and in some cases eventual demise.
Each volume features plenty of color and black and white photographs of the subject aircraft along with a complete construction list (accurate to date of publication for aircraft types still being built).
This volume covers the original incarnations of the Boeing 747 ... the 100, 200, 300 and short-bodied SP. Together these variants are the most successful widebody airliner ever built.
The 747 may be credited with bringing air travel to the masses ... making airfares affordable to the general population due to the large amount of seats available.
This book takes an interesting look at the genesis of this aircraft ... its design (it was designed to eventually become a freighter only aircraft, according to Boeing, because by the 1990s we would all be flying on supersonic airliners) ... to the radical idea of a 400 passenger airliner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rajeev Seetharam on July 28, 2007
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This book has some great valuable information about 747 series.
I wish it had some more details about 747-400 series (megatop).
Picture quality is excellent, best price for an used book. Seller was very prompt and shipment arrived well before the estimated date.
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Back in the mid-1960s, leaders in the airline business forecast a need for two airliners: a large-capacity aircraft of transcontinental or trans-Atlantic range and a long-range supersonic airliner. The need for the first aircraft type was a result of the increasing congestion at many airports as the economy of jet transport allowed many more people to choose flying. At the same time, the U.S. Air Force needed a large-capacity cargo and troop transport. As a result of this, Boeing and Lockheed were working on designs for an aircraft of unprecedented size; at the same time, two major U.S. engine manufacturers were developing a new turbofan in the 45,000-lb thrust class that would be needed to power the leviathan. Both the airframe and the powerplant represented a more than twofold increase in size and power. In the military, supersonic flight was well advanced; many people predicted that the technology could be adapted for civilian use. Furthermore, the French and British were working on a design called the Concorde, and several major international carriers were showing interest in the aircraft, while the Soviet Union was working on its own aircraft, the Tupolev Tu-144. (Although the Soviet design held little commercial appeal, it is important to remember that these events were taking place during the Cold War.) In fact, Boeing's own predictions were that most passengers would be flying on supersonic jets; the large-capacity aircraft it was developing for both the military and as the next airliner to succeed the Boeing 707 and DC-8 Super-60 series would be primarily a cargo carrier.Read more ›
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By Lorenzo Castaneda on August 29, 2013
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It complements the series of books, as all the previous books has a lot of information, photos and reviews. Have it!
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