southwestforests Posted December 7, 2022 Share Posted December 7, 2022 Final Boeing 747 rollout for ‘Queen of the Skies’ Dec. 7, 2022 at 10:10 am Updated Dec. 7, 2022 at 1:35 pm https://www.seattletimes.com/business/final-747-rollout-for-queen-of-the-skies/ By Jennifer Buchanan Seattle Times staff photographer The final 747 jumbo jet rolled out of Boeing’s Everett plant late Tuesday, marking a milestone for both the iconic airplane and the giant assembly plant for which the jet was first built in the late 1960s. The final 747-8 freighter model will fly to Portland for painting before Christmas and return to Everett early in the new year. It will undergo standard testing of fuel and other systems and then be inspected by its buyer, the cargo company Atlas Air that purchased Boeing’s last three 747s. Atlas will take delivery some weeks after its return to Everett and at that point Boeing plans a farewell celebration of its “Queen of the Skies.” The first 747 rolled out at the same airfield on Sept. 30, 1968. With its distinctive humped upper deck, it’s the only airplane many flyers can recognize on first sight. The final model, the 747-8, was introduced in 2009 and is the largest 747 type made during the plane’s five decades in production. Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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