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From Popular Mechanics

The Boeing 747 set upon its first commercial flight 50 years ago on Saturday, lifting off from a drizzly Tarmac outside Seattle. In the decades since, it spent a half-century traversing the skies, becoming the standard-bearer of long-haul travel and a symbol of U.S. engineering prowess and industrial might.

The hype was big, much like the plane itself: The 747 was a behemoth, capable of ferrying over 400

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