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The Jumbo Jet: 50 Years in the Sky - Channel 5

The Jumbo Jet

As the 50th anniversary of the Boeing 747 nears, this documentary celebrates the Jumbo Jet and examines its lasting impact on the world

To celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Boeing 747 – which came to be known as the jumbo jet – this two-part documentary features fascinating archive footage and interviews with some of the engineers, including Barry Latter, below, and pilots who made the prototype a reality.

This first episode, subtitled ‘Creating an Icon’, looks at the variety of challenges that hampered the design and construction of the world’s first wide-body plane, and reveals how a highly ambitious delivery deadline meant the ‘plane that shrank the world’ nearly didn’t get off the ground.

The Jumbo Jet: 50 Years in the Sky C5

Barry Latter, former Chief Engineer for the Boeing 747 in the 1970s

An interesting look at an invention that has changed most of our lives.

TV Times rating: ****