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Does anyone know who first said "Nothing goes to weather like a 747"?

It's also sometimes said as "Nothing goes to windward like a 747".

I know Eileen Quinn popularized the phrase in her song "Going Home" on the Miss Inclined CD, which was released in 2005. Here's how she put it:
So it's music to my ears
When I hear them engines revvin'
'Cause nothing goes to weather
Quite like a 747!
The earliest use I can find is in Cruising World Magazine in February 2003 (Google Books has a copy), attributed to Margaret Dewell. That was probably where I first read it, but it is possible that Margaret was just quoting the phrase already in common use.

747s went into commercial use in 1970. So does anyone know of a printed use before February 2003?

Was this concept used before? Did some early sailor, after his first ride on a newfangled contraption mutter, "Nothing goes to weather like a steamship" or "Nothing goes to weather like a train?"
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