In pictures: Restoration of Boeing's first jumbo jet
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In pictures: Restoration of Boeing's first jumbo jet

Photo: Jordan Stead for the Seattle PI

The Boeing 747 - or the 'jumbo jet' as it is commonly known, changed the world. The 747 first flew in 1969, and transformed modern air travel with its ability to carry more people - and more cargo - across the globe than any previous airliner, shrinking it in the process. Seattle's Museum of Flight houses RA001 - the very first 747, which flew as a test airframe from its inaugural liftoff in 1969 through until the early 1990s. The museum is currently restoring RA001 both inside and out.

DPReview editor Barnaby Britton was allowed inside RA001 recently to document the progress of the restoration, and Seattle PI photographer Jordan Stead also captured some shots of work on the interior and exterior of the airframe. Click through for a selection of images.