As of today, no US airlines operate the mighty Boeing 747

  • Queen of the Skies, Delta Airlines' last 747-400. It went on a tour at the end of December, and on Wednesday made its final flight to a boneyard in Arizona.

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  • Boeing President Bill Allen (left) and Pan Am CEO Juan Trippe (right) celebrate the launch of the Boeing 747 in 1968.


  • The first Boeing 747 rolls off the production line with Pan Am markings and dwarfs a Pan Am Boeing 707-321B sitting in the foreground, Everett, Washington, March 5, 1969.

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  • 747s weren't just for passengers. An early cargo model, operated by Lufthansa.

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  • Attendees gather to view a Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, the company's newest and largest passenger plane, during an unveiling ceremony February 13, 2011 at the company's factory in Everett, Washington. The new plane features quieter, more fuel-efficient engines, more seating, and a redesigned interior. The firs....

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