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How Much Do You Know About The Boeing 747?

It's becoming more rare, but it's still one of the most awesome jets in the sky. How much do you know about the 747?

  1. 1) The Boeing 747 first flew in _____.
    theatlantic.com

    The Boeing 747 first flew in February 1969, just five months before Apollo 11 landed on the moon.

    The Boeing 747 first flew in February 1969, just five months before Apollo 11 landed on the moon.

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  2. 2) The original 747 design had the upper deck running the entire length of the fuselage, but because the plane couldn't safely be evacuated in the FAA mandated ___ seconds, the idea was thrown out.
    mgsmith

    Because it couldn't be safely evacuated in 90 seconds, the idea for a second full deck was thrown out. 

    Because it couldn't be safely evacuated in 90 seconds, the idea for a second full deck was thrown out. 

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  3. 3) Complex high-lift devices were used so the 747 could operate out of existing airports. Leading edge slats and three-part fowler flaps increase the wing area by 21%, and increase lift by up to ___%.
    the-difference

    Leading edge slats and three-part fowler flaps increase lift by up to 90% on the Boeing 747.

    Leading edge slats and three-part fowler flaps increase lift by up to 90% on the Boeing 747.

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  4. 4) Early models of the 747 had a high-speed flutter problem in the wings. Engineers solved the problem by placing depleted ______ counterweights in the outboard engine nacelles.
    Aero Icarus

    Yep, this was a tough question. Engineers solved the flutter problem by placing depleted uranium counterweights in the outboard engine nacelles.

    Yep, this was a tough question. Engineers solved the flutter problem by placing depleted uranium counterweights in the outboard engine nacelles.

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  5. 5) Development of the 747-400 began in 1985. With a new glass cockpit, the crew requirement was reduced from ___ to ___ pilots.
    Paul Robbins

    Development of the 747-400 began in 1985. With a new glass cockpit, the crew requirement was reduced from three to two pilots.

    Development of the 747-400 began in 1985. With a new glass cockpit, the crew requirement was reduced from three to two pilots.

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  6. 6) The 747 has a wing sweep of ______ - more than any other commercial aircraft in the world.
    Theodor Esenwein

    The 747 has a wing sweep of 37.5 degrees - more than any other commercial aircraft in the world.

    The 747 has a wing sweep of 37.5 degrees - more than any other commercial aircraft in the world.

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  7. 7) Since 1969, roughly _____ 747s have been built.
    LoadedAaron

    As of November 2015, 1,519 747s have been built. That's quite a few.

    As of November 2015, 1,519 747s have been built. That's quite a few.

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You might need a 747 refresher...

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Nice work - you'll be headed for the flight deck before you know it.

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Nice work - you have some serious 747 knowledge.

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Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at swayne@boldmethod.com, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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