Boeing 747

Not many aircraft can claim to launch a new age in aviation, but that tag can be applied to the Boeing 747 which first flew in 1969. The new airliner spawned the dawn of mass long-distance air travel. Nicknamed the Jumbo Jet, the airliner has been developed into numerous variants and is viewed with such affection that the title ‘Queen of the Skies’ has also been bestowed upon it.

The Jumbo held the record for the greatest passenger capacity for 37 years and with continual development, spawned many variants. The latest of these, the 747-8 Intercontinental, entered service in 2012.

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Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747s - A Fond Farewell

For 36 years the mighty Boeing 747 has been an integral part of Virgin Atlantic. Sadly, COVID-19 has meant an early departure for the iconic aircraft. Lee Cross looks back at the service of the ‘Queen of the Skies’ within the fleet and how the type has been so intrinsically linked to the airline’s success

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Farewell to the Queen of the Skies

It's the end of the line for the British Airways 747-400...

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Farewell to the Queen

An integral part of the company’s long-haul line-up mere months ago...

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The Queen and her Captain

Few people on Earth know the Boeing 747 better than the pilots that flew it and perhaps none more so than retired British Airways training captain Paul Howard. Thomas Haynes caught up with him to find out more about his long career flying the Queen of the Skies

When Boeing made a mini 747

Stretching more than 70 metres, the Boeing 747 is one of the longest aircraft in the world. Then they chopped 20 metres off the end…

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Au Revoir, Jumbo!

On June 15, the last of three Corsair Boeing 747-400s...

Boeing Confirms End to 747 Production and Delays 777X to 2022

American aerospace giant Boeing will end the production of the iconic 747 – as part of a series of changes its making as losses continue to mount due, in part to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Celebrating the 747: BA Captain on Flying the Jumbo

There are very few aircraft that have an identity that transcends the aviation industry quite like the Boeing 747. Thomas Haynes speaks to Paul Howard, a retired British Airways 747 Training Captain about what it was like to captain this special aircraft.

Modification work begins on new “Air Force One”

The US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) has announced that the first of two Boeing 747-8s to be modified to VC-25B standard to become a new “Air Force One”, has begun.

Jumbo Generations: 50 Years of the Boeing 747 at Heathrow

Since the first Pan Am 747 landed at Heathrow on January 12, 1970, the iconic Jumbo has been a constant presence at the London airport. Aviation News presents a showcase of some of the many airlines and 747 variants that have graced the capital’s main airport over the last 50 years.