The last Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet departed the company’s widebody plant in preparation for delivery to Atlas Air in early 2023.
The production of the 747, the world’s first twin-aisle airplane, began in 1967 and lasted 54 years, totaling 1,574 planes. The aircraft, dubbed the “Queen of the Skies,” not only revolutionized intercontinental travel but also propelled airlines to new heights of profitability due to its massive capacity.
The 747-8 is the longest commercial aircraft in service, measuring 250 feet 2 inches (76.2 meters). The 747-8 travels roughly the length of three FIFA soccer fields or NFL football fields per second at cruising speeds.
Throughout its long history, it has served as a cargo plane, long-range variants, a commercial aircraft capable of carrying nearly 500 passengers, and even the Air Force One presidential aircraft. The 747, which has appeared in over 300 film productions, is one of the most widely depicted civilian aircraft and is widely regarded 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.”Kim Smith, Boeing Vice President and general manager of 747 and 767 Programs
The final plane is a 747-8 Freighter with a revenue payload of 133.1 tonnes, which is enough to transport 10,699 solid gold bars or roughly 19 million ping-pong or golf balls. The final 747 was wrapped in a green protective coating and parked inside Boeing’s massive assembly facility in Everett, Washington.