Goodbye to Boeing’s 747

The last of Boeing’s 747 jets left the assembly line in Everett, Washington on Tuesday of last week. The plane has been the industry standard for the last 54 years.

Kim Smith is Boeing’s manager of the company’s 747 and 767 programs. Smith said the plane’s design radically changed how flying was done. He pointed out that at the time the plane was introduced to a public tired of crowded airplanes, the featured amenities were considered quite luxurious.

“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,” Smith said.

Some trivia to go with the last plane.

Boeing said the 747 began production in 1967 and 1,574 planes were built in that 54 years. Passengers got their fist taste of the 747 in 1970 when Pan Am began using it for flights between New York and London.

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