1 FEB 2023

The Last Boeing 747
Takes Off From Washington


End of an era

More than 50 years since its first model, the last-ever Boeing 747 has been delivered, marking the end of an era.

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The final four

The final 4 manufactured aircrafts were handed over to their new owner, US air cargo operator Atlas Air, at Boeing’s plant in Everett, Washington, US.

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Queen of the Skies

Also known as the 'Queen of the Skies', the plane was the first wide-body aircraft ever made and remains one of the most recognisable airliners in history. 

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The development of the 747 began in the 1960s, with the design taking over 4 years. The plane was first unveiled in 1968, and took first flight in 1969.

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The 747's unique design allowed it to carry more passengers and cargo than any other airliner of its time.

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Improved Versions

Over the years, the 747 has undergone numerous upgrades, including more fuel-efficient engines, advanced avionics systems, and increased passenger capacity.

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Military Applications

The 747 has also been adapted for military purposes, including use as a strategic airlifter, aerial refuelling tanker, & military command and control aircraft.

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Competition and Decline

The 747 faced increased competition from newer and more efficient aircrafts such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 777, leading to a decline in sales.

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Iconic Status

Despite its declining sales, the 747 remains an iconic and beloved aircraft, with many recognising it as a symbol of the golden age of aviation.

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Though many airlines have retired their 747 fleets, the 747 continues to be used for special purposes, such as airfreight and VIP transport.


The 747's unique design, iconic status, and continued popularity have made it one of the most recognisable and beloved aircraft in history.

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