Boeing 747 – The aircraft that changed the world

As the final Boeing 747 is delivered to Atlas Air, Mark Broadbent considers the iconic widebody’s place in aviation history

On an ordinary May afternoon a few years ago, a Virgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 747-400 was pushed back at Manchester Airport’s Terminal 2 for departure to New York/JFK. The scene was entirely unremarkable – one that’s happened millions of times since the Jumbo entered service.


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