The 747, 50 Years On

In 1970, the Boeing 747 made its first passenger flight. No one would have imagined its impact on air travel half a century later.

In the early morning of January 22, 1970, 335 passengers boarded Pan American World Airways Flight 2 at Terminal 3 of John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, bound for Heathrow Airport in London. The flight had been scheduled to depart the night before and by this point was over 6 hours behind schedule, but any irritation on that score would have been largely offset by…