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In honor of Her Majesty, the Queen of the Skies, Part Two

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In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 747's first flight, I offer a second documentary produced in 2002 that explores the evolution of the 747 into the -400  and the production improvements that have marked the 747's tenure in Everett.  For a full exploration of the 747-400's internal systems, take a look at a previous post that takes you inside the flight deck of a Cathay Pacific 747-400.

I will admit to some overlap in this documentary from the last one, but it features interviews with Joe Sutter, the father of the 747 program, Brien Wydell who served as First Officer on that first flight and Jack Jones who is currently VP of 787 Final Assembly. If nothing else, take this video from the perspective of a historical juxtaposition and watch how the world's most recognizable passenger airplane has changed over the last four decades.

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