The Ultimate Boeing 747 Farewell Quiz!

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After months of speculation, it’s finally happened. The last ever Boeing 747 to be built was handed over on January 31 in a ceremony at Paine Field. To mark the occasion, we’ve a special jumbo-themed edition of our commercial aviation quiz. Good luck, and long live the Queen of the Skies!


Need to do some background reading before you begin? We recommend these fantastic Key.Aero features:

Boeing 747 – The aircraft that changed the world

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Question 1 of 10

1. According to Boeing, before this final new-build delivery, how many 747s were manufactured?


Question 2 of 10

2. Boeing employees who designed and built the first example were invited to the final delivery ceremony. What is the nickname for this pioneering group?

The Invicibles
The Incredibles
The Invisibles
The Originals

Question 3 of 10

3. To mark the occasion, the final 747-8F received a special sticker that says ‘Joe Sutter – forever incredible’. Who was Joe Sutter?

The Boeing CEO who green-lit the 747 project
The first pilot to fly the jumbo
The 747’s chief designer
Boeing's longest-serving employee

Question 4 of 10

4. The last jumbo roll out ended the continuous production run for the 747 at Boeing’s Everett facility that stretched back to what year?


Question 5 of 10

5. Boeing handed over its first 747 on December 3, 1969. Which operator was the launch customer?

Pan Am

Question 6 of 10

6. With this latest – and final delivery – which company is the largest operator of jumbo jets in history (including wet leases)?

British Airways
Cathay Pacific
Atlas Air

Question 7 of 10

7. …and which operator is in second place on that same list?

Japan Airlines
Kalitta Air
British Airways
Singapore Airlines

Question 8 of 10

8. The 747 programme has been winding down for some time. How many jumbo jets did Boeing officially deliver last year?


Question 9 of 10

9. One of the 747’s most high-profile roles is, and will remain, its use as a US presidential jet. What is the formal name for the two customised 747-200Bs, commonly referred to as ‘Air Force One’

Boeing VC-10
Boeing VC-20
Boeing VC-25
Boeing VC-50

Question 10 of 10

10. In a fitting farewell, the Atlas Air crew of the final 747 delivery flight created some incredible ‘sky art’ en route. Which airport was their final destination?

Cincinnati, Ohio
Lexington, Kentucky
Memphis, Tennesee
Houston, Texas

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Nice job, a performance worthy of the Queen of the Skies!