Boeing 747-200 / Continental AirlinesItem Number: 1539
Continental Airlines 747 airplane model. Following its introduction in 1969, the Boeing 747 became a major success with airlines and the flying public. As the world's first wide-body jetliner, the 747 had revolutionized air travel, and cemented its manufacturer's dominance in the passenger aircraft market.
Boeing conceived the 747 in the mid 1960's following its failure to secure a US Air Force contract for an ultra large strategic transport (which resulted in the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy), when it identified a market for a high capacity 'jumbo jet'. Boeing was able to draw upon design experience with the USAF transport and launched the new airliner on July 25, 1966. First flight occurred on February 9, 1969; certification was awarded on December 30 that year.
Mahogany Wood. Scale: 1/144. Wingspan 16 inches, Length 19 inches.