This moment — which occurred last night, Tuesday, December 6, 2022 — was the end of the line for the Boeing 747, as the last airplane rolled off of the production line at the factory in Everett in the state of Washington. That factory was custom designed and built in 1966 for the production of the Boeing 747, which was in continuous production since 1967.
Initially designed for the use of transporting cargo, the Queen of the Skies — as the Boeing 747 was nicknamed — transported billions of passengers over its history of almost 53 years, as highlighted in this official anniversary video from The Boeing Company back on Thursday, February 7, 2019. The distinctive “hump” was originally designed to allowing extremely tall or long freight to be loaded through its unique cargo door in the nose of the aircraft.
The first 747 — which was the first airplane in the world with two aisles running through the passenger cabin — was rolled out of the production line at Everett Plant, which is the largest building in the world in terms of volume. Sunday, February 9, 1969 was when the first flight of the Boeing 747-100 occurred; and the iconic airplane was certified for commercial service in December of that year after five airplanes flew greater than 1,500 hours of flying over the course of ten months. Pan American World Airways operated its first flight from New York to London on Thursday, January 22, 1970.
1,574 Boeing 747 airplanes in dozens of various models and iterations were built and delivered to multiple customers over the greater than 54 years of its production. Perhaps best known of those models is the Boeing 747-400.
This Internet web site purportedly has “everything you wanted to know about the Boeing 747, history, pictures and news” with a Boeing 747 load of statistics, details, and information pertaining to the Boeing 747 aircraft — but it is not an official Internet web site of The Boeing Company.
Final Boarding Call
The Boeing 747 aircraft was vital in the history of The Boeing Company in terms of its leadership in commercial aviation — but technology has advanced to the point that airplanes with four engines have become obsolete; and the Boeing 747 is the last airplane that was manufactured to be equipped with four engines.
If you want to travel as a passenger aboard a Boeing 747 airplane, you can still do so on select airlines — but its years in the air offering commercial service is now numbered.
I have not only taken the tour of the Everett Plant; but I have been aboard a number of Boeing 747 airplanes for flights which were operated by several airlines — including Northwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines…
…but my most memorable experience with a Boeing 747 was when I traveled from Los Angeles to Sydney aboard a Boeing 747-400 airplane which was operated by Qantas Airways. I was disappointed that first class was not available because I wanted to sit in the upper deck of the aircraft — but after redeeming 90,000 Continental OnePass miles for a round-trip itinerary between Atlanta and Sydney, imagine my surprise and excitement when I found out that the business class seat to which I was assigned was indeed located in the upper deck, where I would spend approximately 14 hours!
Thankfully, I have had my time as a passenger aboard Boeing 747 airplanes over the years — and knowing that it will no longer be produced is bittersweet.
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