After more than 50 years of service, the iconic Boeing 747, known as the “Queen of the Skies,” has made its last delivery. The final Boeing 747 was delivered to the cargo airline, Kalitta Air, on Tuesday, January 26th.
The 747 was first introduced in 1970 and revolutionized air travel. It was the world’s first wide-body, twin-aisle aircraft and could carry up to 550 passengers. The 747 was also the first aircraft to be referred to as a “jumbo jet.”
The 747 has been used for cargo, military, and passenger transportation and has been a part of many historic flights. Kalitta Air’s last 747 was the 7,467th 747 built, and it left the Boeing factory in Washington for the last time.
The 747’s popularity has declined in recent years due to the emergence of more fuel-efficient aircraft, such as the Boeing 777 and 787. The 747’s retirement marks the end of an era for aviation as the world says goodbye to the “Queen of the Skies.”