Hans Jakobsson

SAS Boeing 747 at Helsinki Airshow in 1972

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Hello,

I hope I am allowed to write in English; I could not find anything in the forum rules about post language.

My name is Hans Jakobsson and I am writing a book about the Boeing 747 in service with SAS, as the Spring of 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the first jumbo jet delivered to Scandinavia - the cleverly named Huge Viking (SE-DDL). The 747 was operated by SAS between 1971 and 1987, and then again between 1996 and 1996 with a leased 747F for cargo services. 

As some of you might remember, Huge Viking visited Helsinki Airshow on 25 August 1972 and attracted thousands of visitors as it was the very first time a 747 visited Finland. According to the article printed by Inside SAS staff magazine (shown below), the most eager fans began queueing already in the morning to be first in line when the jumbo opened its doors at 18:00!

I would like to write about this spectacular event in the book, and therefore I am looking for photos and stories from this day which I hope someone on this forum might have? The friendly archivists at Suomen Ilmailumuseo have done their best to help me, but could not find anything in their collections and suggested I ask at FlightForum.fi. 

Thank you!

Best regards,

Hans Jakobsson

 

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Helsingin Sanomat newspaper tells:

Plane landed 25.8.1972 at 16.37. Captain was Bernard Buck.  It was rainy earlier that day, but sun began to shine in the evening. Landing was in wet conditions.  Plane came from Copenhagen. It flew away at around 20.00 same day. There is old finish thread about this (photos have disappeared):

https://www.flightforum.fi/topic/7946-747-ensimmäisen-kerran-efhklla/  

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Hello Hans,

I think I can find at least one picture of Jumbo in the HelsinkiAir show. Send me a message and we'll discuss it in more detail.

Juha

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