Dragon DRP47012 Boeing 747-100 Jumbo Jet - Maiden Flight "City of Everett" [Cutaway Scheme] (1:144 Scale)
"Obsolete weapons do not deter."
- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
The Boeing 747 is a widebody commercial airliner and cargo transport, often referred to by its original nickname, Jumbo Jet, or Queen of the Skies. It is among the world's most recognizable aircraft, and was the first widebody ever produced. Manufactured by Boeing's Commercial Airplane unit in the United States, the original version of the 747 was two and a half times the size of the Boeing 707, one of the common large commercial aircraft of the 1960s. First flown commercially in 1970, the 747 held the passenger capacity record for 37 years.
The four-engine 747 uses a double deck configuration for part of its length. It is available in passenger, freighter and other versions. Boeing designed the 747's hump-like upper deck to serve as a first class lounge or (as is the general rule today) extra seating, and to allow the aircraft to be easily converted to a cargo carrier by removing seats and installing a front cargo door. Boeing did so because the company expected supersonic airliners (whose development was announced in the early 1960s) to render the 747 and other subsonic airliners obsolete, while believing that the demand for subsonic cargo aircraft would be robust into the future. The 747 in particular was expected to become obsolete after 400 were sold but it exceeded its critics' expectations with production passing the 1,000 mark in 1993. As of June 2010, 1,418 aircraft have been built, with 109 more in various configurations remaining on order.
As the first wide-bodied passenger aircraft, the Jumbo Jet is among the worlds most recognizable planes. The Boeing 747s maiden flight occurred on 9 February 1969, and more than 1,450 of the type have been produced to date. That milestone flight was performed by a Boeing 747-100 christened City of Everett. The flight took place at Paine Field in Everett. A total of 167 of these early Boeing 747s were produced at a purpose-built facility in Everett, then the worlds largest building.
Dragons innovative Project Cutaway range features this particular Boeing 747-100 aircraft that performing the maiden flight. The Project Cutaway model is pre-painted and it arrives as a handful of separate parts that are easily assembled within seconds. The minimal number of cleverly engineered components results in a stunning cutaway model that exposes many internal details of the plane. The sectional nature of the model allows the seats to be seen inside the cabin, plus the cockpit, wings and engines have cutaway sections. This is an accurate 1/144 scale model, and it comes with a metal stand to turn it into a stunning desktop display piece.
Wingspan: 17 inches
Length: 19 inches
Release Date: September 2013