Great Planes: 747 and 777

release year: 1989
genre: documentary
viewing setting: home DVD, 11/19/04

synopsis: This is a documentary about Boeing's history and the development of its two largest planes.

impressions: This is a pretty thorough documentary about the concept and building of these two planes. The 747 chapter has more details. There's also some history of Boeing and its various pre-747 planes.

things to watch for: the 747 tail-drag test, where the plane must be able to take off after scraping its rear on the runway

something this movie has that no other movie has: the aforementioned tail-drag test

acting: n/a, though there's plenty of good narration and interviews

final word: Good documentary for fans of planes as well as engineering types.

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