Archive of 46 original vernacular photographs of a model airliner in wind tunnel tests

N.p. N.p., Circa 1967-1968. Archive of 46 vintage vernacular photographs of a model airliner in wind tunnel tests, circa 1967-1968. All photographs with an internal reference number, printed from the negative, on the lower right of the image, 19 with a "Run" number, printed from the negative, on the lower left of the image, and two with the annotation of a "Run" number in holograph ink in the lower left margin.

The vernacular photographs presented here are almost certainly reference photographs taken during the development of Boeing's 747 airliner, appearing identical to Boeing's published photographs of a 747 test model, and were likely taken at Boeing's Seattle wind tunnel model shop, circa 1967-1968.

Development of the world's first twin-aisle airliner, Boeing's 747, the first "Jumbo Jet," began in 1965 under the supervision of Malcolm T. Stamper, then head of Boeing's turbine division (who would later become Boeing's longest serving President). Engineer Joe Sutter, known as "the father of the 747," headed the design team, and in 1966, aerospace manufacturer, Pratt and Whitney, developed the first high-bypass-ratio turbofan engine, the JT9D, powerful enough for the wide-body airliner. On September 20, 1968 the first 747 was rolled out of Boeing's custom-built Everett Plant, and on February 9, 1969, the first flight took place. The airliner was certified in December, 1969, and entered service with Pan Am Airlines on January 22, 1970.

5 x 4 inches. Remnants of cello tape to the margins of the rectos, else Near Fine.


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