Boeing 747-100 Nose Section and Cockpit
The Boeing 747-100 was the first production version of the epochal large-body aircraft, entering into airline service in 1970. It’s iconic bulging forward fuselage contained a unique innovation in modern jet travel, a two level first-class cabin and flight deck.
The forward 45 feet of the upper 2/3 of the fuselage was cut vertically and then horizontally into two sections. The smaller upper cockpit section was nested inside the larger lower passenger section for transport. An oversized truck load (22 feet wide) presented numerous transportation challenges through 3 states.
Many logistical problems had to be over come in getting the aircraft to the Hiller Aviation Museum. Much of the credit goes to the genius of the disassemble, rigging and moving crews, the combined efforts of local law enforcement; state agencies; Cal-Trans and CHP for their support and cooperation in helping to move the 747 from New Mexico to San Carlos, California.