Museums Museum of Flight - Seattle, WA 2010

Prototype Boeing 747 "City of Everett" at The Museum of Flight - Seattle, WA - 2010

Prototype Boeing 747 "City of Everett" at The Museum of Flight - Seattle, WA - 2010

The "City of Everett", N747001, the Museum of Fight's aircraft was the first 747 ever built - serial number 001 and in fact is the world's first "Jumbo Jet". On 30 September 1968, the first 747 was rolled out of the Everett assembly building before the world's press and representatives of the 26 airlines that had ordered the airliner. Over the following months, preparations were made for the first flight, which took place on February 9, 1969, with test pilots Jack Waddell and Brien Wygle at the controls and Jess Wallick at the flight engineer's station. Despite a minor problem with one of the flaps, the flight confirmed that the 747 handled extremely well. The 747 was found to be largely immune to "Dutch roll", a phenomenon that had been a major hazard to the early swept-wing jets.Later, this aircraft served as a testbed for 747 systems improvements and new engine developments for other Boeing commercial jets, including the state-of-the-art Boeing 777 engine program. Its last flight was in the late 1990s. The 747, however remains likely to be remain in production into its 5th decade with the the 3rd generation Dash 800 now coming online as of 2011 with over 1,400 produced.

Here are the most status plans for restoration from 2003. By the looks of the aircraft as of October, 2010, Little had been done.

"Here are our current plans for RA001:
This fall, a team of volunteers will tackle reinstallation of the engine
cowlings, which we hope to have done by next summer. This is not a straightforward job, because the JT9D engines that were donated for the aircraft following its last use as a 777 engine testbed lacked much of the bracketry and attach hardware for the cowlings. We suspect that some of these parts will have to be fabricated from scratch as they are no longer readily available.

We plan to repaint the trim colors only sometime in the next year or so. Unfortunately, there is no paint hangar on KBFI big enough to accommodate the aircraft, so there can be no question of a complete repainting. As far as interior restoration, RA001 was never certified as a standard airliner and never had a complete passenger interior. Our long-term goal is to restore the interior to a flight-test configuration. We have begun to acquire representative test racks, ballast water barrels and other equipment to facilitate this restoration, but we've made no final decision about
exactly which test configuration or era will be represented.

Eventually, RA001 will be housed inside the Museum's planned Commercial Aviation Wing. At that time, the aircraft interior will be open for public tours. There are no plans, however, to make it accessible to the public before it goes inside".

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