I'm not just an engineer's daughter; I'm also a former Pan Am flight attendant's daughter. These two threads come together in my fetish for all things flight-related (as well as my travel bug), so I'm excited to note that the Boeing 747-100 jumbo jet celebrated its 40th birthday early last month. Jonathan Glancey explains why the plane is a genuine design classic:
We know how that turned out: The Concorde has been decommissioned, while the newest iteration of the 747 is preparing to enter service. Click here for a fantastic gallery of jumbo jet photographs, including some classic pictures from the Pan Am archives. My mom is not featured, alas.