Cockpit of the Boeing 747-230 "Schleswig-Holstein" (D-ABYM) as used by Lufthansa at the Technik Museum Speyer (Germany)
For over 50 years, the Boeing 747 "Jumbo Jet" has been taking to the air around the world. The starting signal for the success story was on 9 February 1969, when the prototype of the jumbo took off for the first time, setting new standards. The machine was the largest jet aircraft in the world and shaped passenger flights in the following years. Only the Airbus A380 replaced the Jumbo Jet in its role as the largest airliner. However, the fascination with the Boeing 747 remained and the wide-bodied aircraft still attracts people. A dream came true for the Technik Museum Speyer when it succeeded in getting a giant Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet from Lufthansa for the aircraft exhibition. The transport of the giant of the skies to Speyer was one of the greatest challenges that the museum team had to face up to then. The Boeing 747 is fully accessible for museum visitors! It is unique in the world that the cargo hold of the Jumbo Jet is accessible and the left wing can be climbed at a height of 20 metres (about 66 ft). The interior trim has been partially dismantled to give an impression of the design of such a wide-bodied aircraft. Boeing introduced the -200 in 1971, with more powerful engines for a heavier maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 833,000 lb (378 t) from the initial 735,000 lb (333 t), for a longer 6560 nmi (12150 km) range up from 4620 nmi (8560 km).
By June 2020, 1556 aircraft had been built. In 2022, manufacture of the 747 is scheduled to end after a 54-year production run.
Just some impressive details: The Boeing 747-230 named "Schleswig-Holstein" with registration D-ABYM was received by Lufthansa in 1978.
By the time it was retired and presented to the museum in 2002, it had carried 4.9 million passengers, flown a total distance of 800,000,000 km at an average speed of 800 km/h (about 500 mph) and accumulated almost 100,000 flight hours!
The Technik Museum Speyer (Speyer Museum of Technology) is a technology museum in Speyer (south-west of Heidelberg), Germany. The collection includes: aircraft, classic vintage cars, racing- and classic motorcycles, historic fire engines, ships, massive steam locomotives, mechanical instruments, rarities and fashions. A special part of the collection is the Russian Space Shuttle Buran. The collection is displayed both indoors and outdoors, and finally there is an IMAX theater. The museum was established in 1991. It is closely associated with the Technik Museum Sinsheim (Sinsheim Museum of Technology). The latter suffered from a lack of space and a second location was opened in Speyer.