A Tale of Two Planes


My very first ride in an aircraft, was in the Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet, with it’s staircase connecting the main and upper decks. During the long transoceanic flight, it was nice to stretch my legs, climb above stairs and check out the upper deck. First flown in 1970, the B747 was one of the largest commercial aircraft, carrying the  most passengers for 37 years, i.e. until 2007.

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On October 25th 2007, the Airbus 380 Super jumbo,  became the world’s largest passenger plane. Although capable of carrying 850 passengers,  the A380 operated by Singapore Airlines,  carried 450 passengers, on it’s maiden flight into Sydney, Australia.

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The Airbus 380 made it to OSH in 2009. I had the good fortune to see it up close and personal.

On the home-front, the Boeing Triple 7 is the largest wide-body, twin-engine jet liner. The Boeing 777 ranks as the most fuel efficient, 100% fly-by-wire designed aircraft.

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I got to fly both these aircraft,in a recent international flight. Although, I am sad to report, there were no inside stairs that  I could use to stretch my legs.

Frankly, I found the Triple 7 roomier.