The Boeing 747, which has taken on numerous roles over nearly 50 years, will cease production.
Boeing set to roll out its last 747 plane
After more than half a century, Boeing is set to roll its last 747 out of a Washington state factory.
The jumbo jet – which has taken on numerous roles as a cargo plane, a commercial aircraft capable of carrying nearly 500 passengers and as the Air Force One presidential aircraft – debuted in 1969. It was the largest commercial aircraft in the world and the first with two aisles, and it still towers over most other planes.
The last 747 will be rolled out on Tuesday.
The 747’s design included a second deck extending from the cockpit back over the first third of the plane, giving it a distinctive hump that made the plane instantly recognisable and inspired a nickname, the Whale. More elegantly, the 747 became known as the Queen of the Skies.