posted on Oct, 28 2016 @ 11:21 AM
I remember when the first 747 took off from Boeing Field in 1969 cars on interstate 5, which runs right past the airport, would stop so people could
watch it fly. I remember it being unbelievably huge. For awhile the 747 was the only plane that used the Pratt & Whitney JT9D-3A engines, which had a
distinctive whine. You could tell a 747 just by the sound.
Ironically, the 747 caused the recession Seattle experienced during this time. Boeing had bet the company on increased passenger traffic, which did
not materialize. Boeing went from about 120,000 employees to a little over 35,000 in just a few months. People abandoned equity in their houses and
just left. Someone put up a billboard that said "Will the last one to leave (Seattle) please turn out the lights." Many guys I graduated high school
with went directly to work for the "Lazy B" and they all lost their jobs shortly after. It was pretty grim times in the area for quite awhile. I
remember traveling to Georgia and seeing 'help wanted" signs in store windows and being amazed. I hadn't seen one in years.