Jun. 06, 1971 - The Giants and the Dwarf: Twenty years of Atlantic Story Between the two aircraft.: A giant Boeing 747 next to a Dwarfed Douglas DC-4 illustrates the progress achieved in commercial aircraft within the last twenty years. The DC-4 made its maiden flight Paris - New York - Paris in 1964. carrying 44 passengers and flying at a cruising speed of 350 kms. The Boeing 747 weighing 330 tons carries 350 passengers at a cruising speed of 950 kms. per hour.