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What is the difference between a 747 and a 757?
A Boeing 747 is a turbofan-powered, wide-body commercial passenger aircraft. The Boeing 757 is a turbofan-powered narrow-body commercial passenger aircraft. The difference is the width of the body of the plane. Furthermore, the Boeing 747 can cruise at a higher altitude and fly farther than the Boeing 757. You can learn more about how planes fly at the How Things Fly website of the National Air and Space Museum here!