Flying Tiger Line
Pilots Association

The 1970s Page 2

August 29th, 1973- The arrival of the company's very first Boeing 747-100 aircraft- N800FT. The "giant" was delivered bearing the Tiger Shark logo.

In 1974, the airline took delivery of its first Boeing 747. The Flying Tiger Line then put in orders for brand new Boeing 747-200F freighters designated the Boeing 747-249F, which at the time were among the heaviest commercial airplanes flying, weighing in at 823,000 pounds. These aircraft had the powerful "Q" (Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7Q) engines and heavy landing gear and could simultaneously carry both 250,000 pounds of fuel and 250,000 pounds of cargo loaded through both the nose door and the side door at the same time.





November 9, 1977, President Carter signed into law the legislation which deregulated airfreight in the U.S.