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Paperback Boeing 747 Book

ISBN: 1855324202

ISBN13: 9781855324206

Boeing 747

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Everybody has heard of the 'Jumbo jet' and, indeed, most people have experienced a long-haul flight in one at some time or another. This aircraft, more than any other, revolutionised world travel, and effectively sealed the fate of the once dominant ocean liner. Today, no less than 1600 Boeing 747s are in service with over 70 airlines worldwide.

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An Excellent Overview of the Jumbo (the Original One)

Though the Boeing 747 has been eclipsed by the Airbus A380 in size, the original Jumbo remains the most recognizable of commercial airliners and maintains a dedicated fan base. Those who love the Boeing 747 as much as I do will enjoy looking through the wealth of photos, documenting the evolution of the aircraft from the original Series -100 through the -400, covering nearly three decades of service and production. Each civilian model (military variants are not covered here) is given a well-written introduction covering the most important aspects of the jetliner. The only thing lacking is a more detailed introduction, that is the events that led to the world-famous design and commentary from chief designer, Joe Stutter. The photographs are all of high quality and show the aircraft from various angles, both on the ground and in flight. Enthusiasts will be grateful for the photographic record of aircraft no longer in service. Each pictures is accompanied by a detailed caption. My only criticism is that some photos span both pages, making them somewhat hard to view in their entirety. All in all, anyone interested in the Boeing 747 will appreciate this fine book.

Just another outstandingly excellent book from Osprey

Many readers will understand that I am a most avid researcher of any matters aeronautical: military, covert, or civil. Osprey Publications, a leading publisher of the transportation genre, have, yet again, with the help of the world renowned Robbie Shaw, compiled a fascinating documentary of every Boeing 747 ever produced. Shaw, an author who must have travelled the earth to find so many wonderfully graceful pictures of the so called 'Jumbo Jet', has, along with all of his other works, collected an unmistakable collection of photos to accompany Osprey's growing range of books. The fairly large sized book, filled with large, glossy, colour pictures, and outstandingly accurate essays delves in to each and every version of the 'forty seven: the -100, -200, -F, -200F, -300, -SP-, -SR, and the -400, as well as describing how they are designed to be such perfect machines, and, inevitably, what sort of company shall part with so much cash for one. Indeed, nearly every large airline has atleast one of these graceful machines: BA, American, Delta, Royal Deutsch... and what's more, not a word is against such beautiful planes- the author talently describes the positive and negative viewpoints about the aircraft, but I must applaud him on how well he handles such a taskful genre to write about. Osprey, and Mr. Shaw, you are, some of the best documentors of aeronautical technology the world has come across: I shall certainly award five stars for such an excellent book, and I shall undoubtedly read more and more of your books in the future. A great, great book.

Robbie Shaw's BOEING 747: Great Book for 747 Fans!

This book is the greatest Boeing 747 book I have read so far; I have my own copy and I never tire of looking through it and admiring the great photos and detailed captions telling the whole story of the particular aircraft pictured, including its name, tail number, previous owners, etc. I also love the text; it is a great history of all the series of 747s: -100, -200, cargo, SP, -300, and -400. Some of my favorite photos are of a TWA 747-100, the Pan Am 747s, the SPs, and the Aer Lingus 747-100. The only things that are missing that I'd like to see are "classic" 747s (Delta, American, Braniff, National, etc) and interior shots. Otherwise, an A-1 747 book for Jumbo fans like me! Francis Smith ( Garrett, Indiana USA
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