Freighters have been an important part of the success story of the Boeing 747. David Wills examines the variants and conversions that have taken to the skies.


One of 14 Boeing 747-8F freighters in service with Cathay Pacific Cargo.

Over a quarter of the world’s inservice widebody freighters are Boeing 747s. In the middle of this year more than 260 747 freighters were in commercial service, comprising 71 -8Fs, 152 subtypes of the -400F/BCF, 35 extended-range -400ERFs, all four Large Cargo Freighters (LCFs) and a single -300SF. In addition, up to a dozen -200F/SFs could be operational.

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