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  • Clipper Blackhawk at Kai Tak - Pan Am Boeing 747

Pan Am Boeing 747 Limited Edition Photograph - by Aviation Photographer Peter Keating

 

As Peter Keating took up one of his favourite positions for photography this Boeing 747SP N539PA landed at Kai Tak airport in 1979. This was the San Francisco to Hong Kong route operated by Pan Am for many years, one of the longest non-stop flights at around 15 hours. Peter was a steward on British Airways 747s at the time but here was a new version.

 

The 747SP was something of a hybrid, a shortened version of the 747-200 designed to fill the gap between the capacities of the 707 and the 747 but with a performance that bettered virtually every other large airliner in the world.  45 feet shorter than the -200 and carrying around 280 passengers the 747SP, for Special Performance, was expected to deliver for Boeing.  In the end only 45 747SPs were built and it is debatable whether Boeing recouped their investment.  However these aircraft have proved to have long lives. This aircraft is still flying as VP-BAT and is regularly used by the Qatar Royal Family.  


N539PA was delivered in 1979 and flew with Pan Am until it was sold to United in February 1986.  It flew under the name Clipper Black Hawk from May 1979 for just a few months until it was changed to Clipper Liberty Bell in 1980. 


Two sizes are available. The 14" image is limited to 30 copies, while the 22" version is limited to 20 copies


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Clipper Blackhawk at Kai Tak - Pan Am Boeing 747

  • Artist: Peter Keating
  • Product Code: CHG-013
  • Availability: In Stock
  • £24.00


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