People tend to take for granted the technological advances inherent in today’s jet airplanes. The Boeing 777, for example, which was first flown commercially by United Airlines in 1995, has unbelievable power. Its gigantic GE-90 engines kick out more than 111,000 horsepower, and during takeoff, the engines take in 2 million cubic feet of air per minute. Compare that horsepower to the RMS Titanic, the state-of-the-art transportation marvel of 1912. The Titanic’s steam engines, powered by 159 coal furnaces, produced only about 46,000 horsepower.
Lucky 7s for the Boeing fleet: