Monday, February 26, 2024

The last Boeing 747 jumbo jet leaves Everett factory

The last Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet left the company’s widebody factory in advance of its delivery to Atlas Air in early 2023.

Production of the 747, the world’s first twin-aisle airplane, began in 1967 and spanned 54 years, during which a total of 1,574 airplanes were built. The aircraft, which earned the nickname “Queen of the Skies,” not only revolutionized intercontinental travel but also took airlines to a new level of profits with its huge capacity.

At 250 ft 2 in (76.2 m), the 747-8 is the longest commercial aircraft in service. At typical cruising speeds, the 747-8 travels roughly the length of three FIFA soccer fields or NFL football fields per second.

The 747-8 is the longest commercial aircraft in service.
The 747-8 is the longest commercial aircraft in service. Credit: Boeing

During its long history, it appeared in many different roles, including a cargo plane, long-range variants, a commercial aircraft capable of carrying nearly 500 passengers, and even the Air Force One presidential aircraft. Appearing in over 300 film productions, the 747 is one of the most widely depicted civilian aircraft and is considered by many as one of the most iconic in film history.

“For more than half a century, tens of thousands of dedicated Boeing employees have designed and built this magnificent airplane that has truly changed the world. We are proud that this plane will continue to fly across the globe for years to come,” said Kim Smith, Boeing Vice President and general manager of 747 and 767 Programs.

The final airplane is a 747-8 Freighter that has a revenue payload of 133.1 tonnes, enough to transport 10,699 solid-gold bars or approximately 19 million ping-pong balls or golf balls. Wrapped in a green protective coating, the last 747 had been parked inside Boeing’s enormous assembly facility in Everett, Washington.