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Led Zeppelin's Boeing 707 "Caesar's Chariot" O'Hare Airport 1977. Photo by Rick Minarik | by Jeff Minarik
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Led Zeppelin's Boeing 707 "Caesar's Chariot" O'Hare Airport 1977. Photo by Rick Minarik

Photo by Rick Minarik, taken in August of 1977 in Chicago, Illinois at O'Hare Airport. Caesar's Chariot was a former United Airlines Boeing 707 passenger jet which was chartered by English rock band Led Zeppelin for their 1977 concert tour of North America. The plane, N7224U (S/N: 18077), was rolled out from the assembly line on December 12, 1961 and its first flight was on January 16, 1962. This is an extremely rare photo because the plane was only in service with Led Zeppelin for about a year. Special features included huge overstuffed chairs, private rooms for each member, full bar, and a Hammond Organ. Taken with a Nikon F2-AS 105mm lens. (Update 1.2.14) - I was contacted by a Led Zeppelin forum member (Steve A. Jones) who gave me some more information about my photo. Led Zeppelin used the Ambassador East Hotel in Chicago as a tour hub from April 4-19, 1977. They were flown into and out of O 'Hare for all of the midwest dates, so the photo above was from between April 4-19th of 1977.

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