A new era in aviation started when this very aircraft took to the air in 1969. Museum of flight volunteer and artifact hunter Bob Bogash reminds us why 747 #1 is a 20th century icon.

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  1. Probably the most recognized profile in all of aviation. Even a person with no interest whatsoever in aircraft could identify a 747 when they see one. Sure would be nice to see this iconic piece of history protected from the elements in some way shape or form.

  2. Edwin Gessele, my wife's father and 40 veteran of the Boeing Co  just celebrated his 90th birthday.   Mr Gessle had the distinction and honor of being  the Crew Chief on this very airplane for many years  in addition to many other Boeing products that were featured in various sales demonstration tours world wide.  We had great fun taking a tour of this amazing old airplane the RA001 when it was open to the public recently.  If you get a chance, do the same at the Boeing Museum.  There is lots to see there!!  

  3. My wife's father EDWIN GESSELE was crew chief on this very airplane. He speaks with great pride of all the great Boeing crews, many of which are now fading away. He served as crew chief on most of the test programs described by Mr Bogash. Edwin told me the interior of this beloved airplane has been modified so many times for the various test programs, it does not appear as one would image it to be. I believe we all agree this airplane MUST BE PRESERVED for the future generations.

  4. So is it !

    It is a disgrace that this magnificent aircraft, a milestone that weather / the element is exposed and vulnerable!
    A shame for Boeing – sorry

  5. Ironic how the 747 lost the competition to the Lockheed C5, and the Boeing has gone on to be not only a lucrative and long lived aircraft, but a touchstone of modern aviation to this day.

  6. My Dad invented and had installed the weighing/CG mechanism for the 707 and 747. (He went to MIT…)

    I lived airplanes as a kid. Now I fly the heavy iron…

    Love to all, and DEATH to tyranny, be it in the Brussels Politburo or anywhere else…

  7. Great video! Very interesting. Actually the first 747 made! That's awesome. I hope that they will keep it for history's sake and not send it to any bone yard in the Mojave.

  8. OH MY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD , BOEING 747 FIRST FLIGHT PROTOTYPE, I LOVE IT, I REALLY LOVE THE 747, SPECIALLY THE CLASSICS, 747 ALWAYS A WINNER

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