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End of an era: Boeing 747 takes its last commercial flight in the USAtlanta - The Boeing 747, the world's first jumbo jet and the most recognizable passenger aircraft will pass into aviation history this week. After 50 years after of its debut, the 747 will make its final commercial flight on Tuesday, December 19 with Delta Air Lines from Seoul to Detroit. (airlinerwatch.com) More...
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As I recall, Boeing and Lockheed were in a competition to build a super sized airlifter for the USAF. Boeing came up with a design with a hinged forward nose to raise above a second deck cockpit for easy cargo loading. When the Lockheed C-5 was chosen by the USAF, Boing refined its design into the 747. The rest is history.
Wow, I didn't know that. Thanks for the info.
See my comment from 12/22/17 about Lockheed's L500.
Back then Boeing couldn't win an aircraft contract from the military. They were better off by loosing out.
Also, because of the high wing of the C5 makes it easier to load and unload cargo and supposedly better field conditions. I believe Lockheed briefly considered a pax version of the C5.
That is what should have been built as the US version/competition of the A380.
Why? Its not going to last as long as the 747 and they found out it didn't work as planned. So there will be no reason to try and do so.