Qantas 747 Heavy

The 747 is recognizable by almost everyone. One could argue that it’s the most famous airliner of all.

Of course, the Airbus 380 is the largest passenger plane in the world but its staying power seems unlikely to catch up to the big Boeing.

There’s an air traffic control designation for a category of aircraft like the Boeing 747 and a number of other widebody types.

They’re called “heavy” and the name is obvious for many reasons. What a lot of people don’t realize is that airplanes leave a wake in the air behind them in the same way that a boat does in the water.

A bigger boat leaves a bigger wake.

The 747 has a wake that could upset nearly any other aircraft that was unlucky enough to collide with that disrupted air. Thanks to procedures of spacing and expert air traffic control, that’s something that’s not worth worrying about.

What worries me about the 747 is that I may never get a chance to fly in one.

As of today, all US carriers have retired all of their 747s. Qantas still makes multiple runs from Australia to the US every day but that will eventually end.

I just hope one day when I’m leaving from San Francisco that I can jump on this very plane.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies. 

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