Lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched, aviation specialist Ingo Bauernfeinds new Boeing 747 history celebrates more than half a century of an enduring aviation icon that has changed commercial aviation since its maiden flight in 1969. With personal accounts written by former pilots and crew members, it covers the aircrafts early history and development, its ground-breaking technology and systems, its remarkable and distinguished commercial career and the numerous variants that have expanded its role and capabilities far beyond those originally intended by its designers. Thanks to ongoing improvements and upgrades, new 747s continue to roll off the production line today and this incredibly durable and reliable aircraft looks set to remain at the forefront of civil aviation for the foreseeable future.
Ingo Bauernfeind studied military and naval history, visual communication, and documentary film at Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu. In Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Ingo initiated and completed various museum projects in cooperation with the USS Arizona Memorials historian, Mr. Daniel A. Martinez, as well as the USS Missouri and the U.S. Navy. Over the years, Ingo has completed 30 books about naval, military, and aviation history and either directed or co-produced award-winning documentaries in cooperation with German and American TV networks. This includes various films about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (First Shot & Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor) and the Pacific War. In addition, Ingo has been producing interactive museum guides for history and naval museums in Pearl Harbor and in Germany.