Boeing prepares to farewell the last Queen of the Skies

The Pan Am Boeing 747 Clipper on the tarmac.
Photo: Pan Am Clipper “Maid of the Seas". Photo credit: By Kambui CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

LONDON – Almost exactly 54 years since the first flight of the iconic airliner, Boeing is today preparing to say its final farewells to the last Queen of the Skies – the Boeing 747.

At 1.00 PM PST today, Tuesday January 31, 2023, thousands of current and former Boeing employees will gather at Everett, Seattle factory to farewell the last production Boeing 747 aircraft.

The final Queen, a role modified cargo freighter destined for air cargo operator Atlas Air will today officially close the page in aviation history, becoming the 1574th aircraft ever built.

As much as today will mark something of a bittersweet commemoration for the Boeing community, so too will it be a milestone that will impact the entire aviation community.

Tributes are already beginning to surface via social media in advance of today’s farewell ceremony. Such is the broad reaching impact that this iconic aircraft has had not only on the aviation sector, but indeed the world at large.

This is a continuing story. Check back for updates.

By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 1 Min Read
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