On February 9, 1969, the first Boeing 747 aircraft took flight near Boeing’s Everett, Washington, production facility. At the time, the 747 was the largest civilian aircraft in the world. It had a wingspan of 59 meters (195 feet) and a length of 70 meters (231 feet). A single 747 could transport more than 500 passengers, depending on how the seats were arranged. The aircraft featured jet-engine technology that had never been used for passenger travel.
 
The 1960s were a time when air travel became increasingly common. New, larger planes were required for moving more people without crowding the skies with many small planes. These new “jumbo jets” helped usher in an era of globalization— the flow of people, goods, and ideas around the world. Planes like the 747 allowed more connections between distant parts of the world, for both commuters and cargo
aircraft
Noun

vehicle able to travel and operate above the ground.

cargo
Noun

goods carried by a ship, plane, or other vehicle.

civilian
Noun

person who is not in the military.

commute
Verb

to travel to and from specific places on a regular basis, usually for a specific purpose, such as employment.

facility
Noun

a building or room that serves a specific function.

Noun

connection of different parts of the world resulting in the expansion of international cultural, economic, and political activities.

technology
Noun

the science of using tools and complex machines to make human life easier or more profitable.

transport
Verb

to move material from one place to another.

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