Boeing 747SP

5/03/1976: Pan Am’s round-the-world Record-setting Flight

Today in Aviation, Pan Am’s Boeing 747SP–21 ‘Clipper Liberty Bell’ completed a record-setting flight around the world in 1976.

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NASA to Conclude Boeing 747SP SOFIA Mission

This fall, NASA will conclude operations of its modified Boeing 747SP, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).

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Today in Aviation: ‘Friendship One’ Sets Round-the-world Record

Today in Aviation, Friendship One, a United Airlines (UA) Boeing 747-SP (Special Performance), set a new round-the-world record in 1988. The type circled the globe in 36 hours, 54 minutes, and 15 seconds. The jet (N147UA) had left Seattle’s Boeing Field (BFI) at 7:14 pm local time on January 28. Onboard were numerous journalists, celebrities, […]

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