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1973: Boeing introduced the 747SP (Special Performance) model in September 1973. The 747SP is 48 feet, 4 inches shorter and 45,000 pounds lighter than a standard 747-200 and carried a maximum of 280 passengers. The 747SP had the fuel capacity as a typical 747, but weighed less, thus it could fly farther. For example, on Nov. 12, 1975, a 747SP loaded with 200 passengers set a distance record by flying 6,927 miles - from New York to Tokyo - in 13 hours, 33 minutes. Boeing built 45 747SPs (Boeing)

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