In early 1969, the 747 flight-test program was well underway with five test airplanes, each with different roles.
I took this photo on the Everett, Wash., flight line of the No. 3 test airplane, also known as "RA003," when it had its nose boom installed to support loads testing.
During this period I was assigned to the 747 Flight Deck. My job was installing the production air data system, so I was quite interested in the boom installation.
Since the nose boom was installed for only a brief time, the photo may be one of only a few taken of it.