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      Post #42670, posted on 04-25-2012 GMT-5 hours    

      just found out that the first Lufthansa 747-8i carries the same registration as the first Lufthansa 747-100.
      Was Lufthansa the first customer to fly 747-100, too?


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      Post #42671, posted on 04-25-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      Pan Am was the launch customer for the program.

      On January 15, 1970, First Lady of the United States Pat Nixon christened Pan Am's first 747, Clipper Victor, at Dulles International Airport (later renamed Washington Dulles International Airport) in the presence of Pan Am chairman Najeeb Halaby. Instead of champagne, red, white and blue water was sprayed on the aircraft. The 747 entered service on January 22, 1970, on Pan Am's New York–London route; the flight had been planned for the evening of January 21, but engine overheating made the original aircraft unusable. Finding a substitute delayed the flight by more than six hours to the following day.

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      Post #42959, posted on 05-16-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      LH re-uses registrations a lot.