That word is a fair description of the 747 program, which has now been in service for more than 40 years. To put this into perspective, 40 years prior to the 747's inaugural service, the Boeing 247 was the prime airliner, albeit a twin-engined, piston-powered tail-dragger that carried 10 passengers, cruised at "three miles a minute", and couldn't cross the North American continent nonstop, much less fly across oceans. In the process of preparing this, I realized that ...

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