Fifty years ago, Feb. 9, I sat at the top of the main hangar at Paine Field and watched the first 747 take off. The weather was cold and a little bit of snow around, not like it is here now. We listened to everything on the radio and one interesting anecdote was the intrusion into the restricted area by a student pilot flying a C150. He had no idea where he was at the time and he had to be talked out of the area after the controller asked him about his destination. The controller asked if he could any water (Puget Sound) and after a long silence he said that he could see a swimming pool and maybe a river of some kind. It was almost more interesting than the 747. After the take off we listened to Jack Waddell talking to flight test and he stopped and said that they heard a loud bump. They took a look and spotted that the RH inboard flap had jumped off the flap track and jammed. I think that they continued some other tests and came in with a perfect smooth landing. It is hard to believe that was 50 years ago and all of the hard work that came afterwards seems like ancient history. They don't call me Fossil for nuthin'.