The Boeing 747 (B747) “Jumbo Jet” is my favourite passenger plane. I love its shape – it’s not too “perfect” like Concorde – and I love what it symbolised to me in terms of leaving Europe for the first time and many more times after that. Of course, there is a darker side to the B747 due to the accidents involving the plane and, indeed, one of those in particular – JL123 – has been a central part of my research for 15 years.
I have already done a number of posts about airlines retiring their Boeing 747s – see my posts on British Airways, China Airlines, ANA, and KLM . I have also done a post about the Nippon Cargo Airlines 747s and JAL 747s. Of these posts, it is the British Airways one that is most relevant to this post. In that post I wrote about the last BA B747 to take off from Heathrow (it then did a loop back over the runway) to its retirement near to Cardiff (where I live). The plane had the registration G-CIVY. Now I own a part of that plane in the form of an exquisite model.
The model is made by the company Icarus which makes models and other products out of the actual thing that they are modelling. I have also got a N700 shinkansen model made by Icarus. You can find out more information about the company here: https://icarusoriginals.com/about-us/
As you can see, the model, including the packaging, is done to a very high standard.
The model looks absolutely brilliant and it’s lovely to know that it’s made from an actual B747 (that Icarus is based in my furusato of Shrewsbury is the icing on the cake).
Be sure to visit the Icarus page: https://icarusoriginals.com/original-icons/747-436-g-civy/
This is not the only bit of a B747 that I have. I also have a display in my office at work that I put together using a piece of the plane wreckage of JL123 (JA8119) that I found at Osutaka-no-One. This bit of wreckage actually cut my leg and after taking it out of the ground from where it was protruding to ensure that nobody else had the same accident, I left it in a safe place for most of the day that I was at the crash site. Later in the day – seeing that it was still there & knowing that it was not a piece that would help bring new light to the cause of the crash, which still needs reinvestigation – I decided to bring it back to the UK and make a display that could help remind me and others about what happened on 12 August 1985.