The Last Queen

Boeing has delivered the last-ever 747, marking the end of more than a half century of production. The aircraft was handed over to US air cargo operator Atlas Air at Boeing’s plant in Everett, Washington in a ceremony that was broadcast live online.

It’s a sad, bittersweet moment for an iconic aircraft.

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The “Queen of the Skies” revolutionized intercontinental travel and was instrumental in bringing affordable air travel to millions of passengers. The end of the 747’s career was hastened by airlines switching to smaller, more economical aircraft. There were once over 130 passenger 747s in service, but that number has since dropped to 44. Lufthansa remains the largest operator of the passenger version of the 747.

The world will never see something like it again.