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August 18, 2014 at 6:57 PM

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Returning the first 747 to its glory


MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A new Boeing 747 takes off from Boeing Field recently and is seen near the tail of the 45 year-old historic Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet, sitting at the Museum of Flight's Airpark. The first 747, named, The City of Everett, is getting an interior and exterior makeover.

A 45-year-old historic Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet, sitting at the Museum of Flight's Airpark, is getting an interior and exterior makeover. The interior work, being done by a group of volunteers, was started in November 2012. Workers also have finished painting the tail section and will continue with the fuselage this week.

The aircraft will remain on display at the Museum Airpark during the painting. The jetliner was the first 747 ever built -- serial number 001. It represented a milestone in aviation design and helped revolutionize commercial air travel in the 1970s. Its maiden flight was on Feb. 9, 1969, over Western Washington.

Donations to help with the project can be made to the Museum of Flight. To learn more, go to here.

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Volunteer Tom Olsson, works to remove a 747 cockpit escape-hatch door handle that he suspects is the cause of a water leak. Olsson will fix the handle seal and the hatch will be reinstalled.

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This seat has re-upholstered in a 1970s style.


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Volunteer Ted Schumaker works on cleaning the landing gear of the first Boeing 747 ever built. The 747 is being renovated at the Museum of Flight.


MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The 45-year-old historic Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet is sitting at the Museum of Flight's Airpark.

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