On September 30, 1968 and only 3 months after the first sketch was completed, the first Boeing 747 aptly titled “City of Everett” rolled out to thousand of employees and the world’s press in an impressive affair, complete with champagne christening and flight attendant’s representing the Jumbo’s customers. This first 747 weighed 710,000 pounds, well beyond the original estimate of 550,000 from 1966! At a length of 231 feet and the height (at the tail) of a six-story building, some doubted whether it would ever get off the ground. Nevertheless, even with marginal weather, on February 9, 1969 with test pilots Jack Waddell and Brien Wygle at the controlsand Jess Wallick at the flight engineer's station, N7470 took off on its first flight. Despite a minor problem with one of the flaps, the crew confirmed that the Jumbo handled extremely well. 747 production continued simultaneously with the flight test program, though completion work on 4 of the original 747s happened in Renton which were all completed before the end of 1969.
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