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Happy 15th Birthday 777

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You've been flying for 15 years and just one more to go before you can drive.

On June 12, 1994, John Cashman, and his first officer, Ken Higgins lifted off in N7771 from Runway 34L at Paine Field for the Boeing 777-200's maiden flight, and the rest, so to speak, is history. I submit the following item from the time capsule to celebrate the goings on of that June day in the Pacific Northwest. In case you're wondering, this post was set to publish at exactly 11:43 AM PT, fifteen years to the minute when 777 first flight got underway.

Hat tip to the Everett Herald for the reminder. It's always awkward when you forget a birthday.

If you want to know more about the the history of the 777, I highly recommend carving out five hours for the 21st Century Jet, which details the development of the 777 back in the early 1990s.
If you're interested in the future of the 777, I recommend one of the Paris Air Show features by Max Kinglsey-Jones: Yesterday's heroes - what next for A340 and 777 Classic?

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