Boeing released a video today highlighting a brief history of the iconic 747 and the team of 50,000 "incredibles", that helped put the 747 on the
world map and made it one of the most identifiable aircraft ever built.
With the drawing down and the inevitable closure of the 747 production line I've also thrown in a couple 747 tributes and farewells to the aircraft
that they have grown with and come to love.
To me aircraft are more than just a hunk of metal hurtling through the sky propelled by the laws of physics. To me, each have their own life,
personality, aura if you will. Anthropomorphism to it's finest degree. I've been fortunate enough to have flown on the 747 on more than one occasion
and have been able to see them being built in the facility special constructed for them. When they are gone they will be missed and I think the skies
will be a lesser place for it but time marches on and everything must come to an end.
United announced they'll retire their last 747 by sometime in 2018.
As for Anthropomorphism , I've been around enough aircraft to recognize that they do have a personality. We had three EC-135s that rolled off the line
back to back to back. One was the best flying aircraft we had for many years, one just did its job, and the third was a serious pain in the ass that
seemed like it always had something wrong with it.
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I think they wanted to stay with the 747 for a number of reasons, least of which is internal volume for the gear they have to carry, and got the order
in before they went away for good. The 747 is an American icon and instantly identifiable as what it is and that fits like a glove for what the
presidency want to convey.
I did 5 years of Presidential Security from 1999-2004. The U.S. Secret Service has very little input with anything dealing with the U.S. Air Force
VC-25. We, i.e. U.S. Air Force Security Forces, protect this bird on the ground and in the air. Unless anyone has a Top Secret "Yankee White"
clearance, they don't have a clue what's going on. Anyone with this clearance wouldn't go into details regardless. Quit throwing out random "facts"...
stick to conspiracy banter that no one can call you on.
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Funny, all the times that I went on board the different aircraft it was Secret Service that escorted us and were most of the guys around the aircraft.
But what was being talked about was aircraft selection. So you were in those meetings over 10 years before you said you were involved to know what
input the Secret Service had? They have very little in day to day operations but they have input on aircraft selection.
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