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Aviation Museum of Kentucky opens exhibits on 50th anniversary of Boeing 747 (it’s Air Force One)

It started with the assertion “You build it, I’ll buy it!” and became the largest passenger plane at the time. The Boeing Aircraft Company responded with the design concept and the engineering that was to be its model 747, the jumbo jet.

The exhibit 50 YEARS OF THE BOEING 747 is on display now through April 2019 at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, adjacent to Blue Grass Airport.

Boeing 747 — Air Force One

The 747 made its very first flight on February 9, 1969. With one the most recognizable airliner profiles in the sky, the exhibit tells the story of the 747. Its development, its prime years of service with airlines around the world, and its continuing status as one of the most productive cargo planes are recounted in the display. A modified version of the Boeing 747 became Air Force One during the administration of recently deceased President George H.W. Bush. The plane continues in that service today.

The museum has a jet engine in its collection that was approved for use on the jumbo jet. General Electric Aircraft Engines built the CF6 series of high bypass turbofan engines that served on hundreds of 747s. Each engine weighs over 8,000 lbs. Four powered the jumbo jet.

No examples of an actual 747 aircraft are part of the exhibit.

The Aviation Museum of Kentucky is located at 4029 Airport Road, adjacent to Blue Grass Airport in Lexington. First quarter 2019 hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-5p.m. Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.

It is the official aviation museum of the Commonwealth as well as home to the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame.

The museum operates as a non-profit corporation. For more information, visit www.aviationky.org, or call 859-231-1219.

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