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Sam Chui & The Boeing 747

Should you’re studying Easy Flying, you’re seemingly keen about aviation. Whereas one thing totally different lit the spark for an aviation fascination in everyone, the Boeing 747 is probably going liable for many aviation fans. That is undoubtedly the case for Sam Chui, who caught the aviation bug flying on a Boeing 747 to the US at round 12 years outdated.

Boeing is predicted to name time on the 747 Jumbo Jet program earlier than the top of the yr, however the plane has been round longer than the screens inside its newest model, first flying over half a decade in the past in 1969.


“It began once I was younger”

Sam Chui is well-known in aviation for his detailed journey stories of every little thing from Emirates top quality to being the one passenger onboard the Hello Fly Airbus A380’s last flight. There are few plane and airways that he hasn’t flown on, together with the Boeing 747. Throughout a latest look on the Easy Flying podcast, Sam Chui took the time to inform us what ignited his ardour, a United Airways Boeing 747 flight (UA800 from Hong Kong Kai Tak to Tokyo Narita) in 1993,

“It began once I was younger. I grew up, and I acquired the journey bug early. I bear in mind I used to be round 12 years outdated once I flew on my first Boeing 747. I went to the US on an enormous journey. I visited Hawaii, the West Coast, and extra and flew about 18 sectors… All through that two weeks of intensive flying, I visited Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Chicago, New York, you title it. me, touring on airplanes, and I actually favored it.”


Photograph: Sam Chui

not simply flying

It wasn’t simply flying on the Queen of the Skies that developed Sam’s ardour, although. He remarks that he additionally grew up close to Kai Tak Airport, which was a hub of exercise of the Queen of the Skies earlier than its eventual closure. chui instructed us,

“I additionally lived in Hong Kong at the moment, and we had a really particular airport referred to as Kai Tak. Each second touchdown was a Boeing 747, and for each touchdown, you need to do an excellent angled financial institution over the town to land. Should you begin watching that, it’s extremely straightforward to develop into aviation and to get that keenness and aviation blood into your physique.”


Photograph: Sam Chui

280 Boeing 747 flights

Since his first Boeing 747 flight again in 1993, Sam hasn’t shied away from flying on the Queen of the Skies. In response to his data, he has taken 280 flights on the Jumbo Jet and has flown on most variants of the plane with 40 totally different operators. Chui instructed Easy Flying that he has flown on the,

  • Boeing 747-100
  • Boeing 747-100(SUD)
  • Boeing 747-200
  • Boeing 747-200M
  • Boeing 747-300
  • Boeing 747-300M
  • Boeing 747-400
  • Boeing 747-400M
  • Boeing 747-400D
  • Boeing 747-400/ER
  • Boeing 747-SR
  • Boeing 747-SP
  • Boeing 747-400F
  • Boeing 747-8
  • Boeing 747-8F
  • Boeing 747-BCF


Photograph: Sam Chui

Chui is especially happy with his flight on a selected personal Boeing 747-SP that used to belong to the Qatari Royal Household. In his 2019 overview of the flight, I remarked,

“I believe this flight has raised my aviation adventures to a brand new stage. It’s merely my finest flight in 2019.”

One factor is obvious, Chui’s love for the Boeing 747 will not be flying away anyplace quick. Anyone visiting Sam’s YouTube web page may discover his username is N178UA. That is the registration of a United Airways Boeing 747-400 that flew from 1990 to 2017, in keeping with Whereas Sam has flown on many Boeing 747 farewell flights, from United Airways to KLM and El Al, his e book on the topic, plus many YouTube movies, make a everlasting document of the kind for generations to return.


Photograph: Sam Chui

You possibly can be taught extra about Sam’s love of the Boeing 747 on his YouTube channel or take heed to his full interview on the Easy Flying Podcast!

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