Taking off in the Boeing 747, the Queen of the Skies.

Taking off in the Boeing 747, the Queen of the Skies.

Even 20 years ago, the B-747, known as the Queen of the Skies, was ubiquitous. Any intercontinental travel would, in all likelihood, have been carried out by her.

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All this changed with the modification, in the 1980s, of the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO's) Extended Twin-Engine Operational Performance Standards (ETOPS).

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With that, twin engine jets, like the Boeing 767 or the Airbus A330, were able to compete with the Boeing 747 on its core transoceanic routes.

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We still love every opportunity to fly with the Boeing 747, as here, with a beautiful view of Malibu, California, just after taking off northbound from Los Angeles International Airport.

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Ever since I was a baby, the Queen of the Skies has always gotten me from A to B in style. As such, she'll always have a special place in my heart.

Very few things can compare to those four big, powerful General Electric engines firing up and lifting you skyward.

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As we flew north along the California coast, near the Bay of Santa Monica, we eventually crossed up over the Santa Monica Mountains, spotting freeways, homes and warehouses.

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And a few minutes later, we were in the dusty, hot desert.

I could almost feel the heat, at least until the clouds obscured my view:

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It's always sunny in Bremerhaven!

It's always sunny in Bremerhaven!

Norbert Plambeck stellt sein Konzept zum Alten Fischereihafen vor; K&K und der Nautische Verein Cuxhaven sind dabei!

Norbert Plambeck stellt sein Konzept zum Alten Fischereihafen vor; K&K und der Nautische Verein Cuxhaven sind dabei!