Final 747 aircraft – a 747-8 Freighter – leaves Boeing’s Everett factory

The last Boeing 747 – a 747-8 Freighter – has left the company’s widebody factory in Everett, Washington in advance of its delivery to Atlas Air in early 2023.

Production of the 747, the world’s first twin-aisle airplane, began in 1967 and spanned 54 years, during which a total of 1,574 airplanes were built.

The 747-8 is the longest commercial aircraft in service at 76.2 metres. At typical cruising speeds, the aircraft travels roughly the length of three FIFA soccer fields or NFL football fields per second, Boeing noted.

The last Boeing 747 left the company’s widebody factory in advance of its delivery to Atlas Air in early 2023 (Photos: Boeing/Paul Weatherman)

The aircraft model has a revenue payload of 133.1 tonnes, which Boeing stated was enough to transport 10,699 solid-gold bars or approximately 19 million ping-pong balls or golf balls.

“For more than half a century, tens of thousands of dedicated Boeing employees have designed and built this magnificent airplane that has truly changed the world,” said Boeing’s vice president and general manager, 747 and 767 programmes Kim Smith. “We are proud that this plane will continue to fly across the globe for years to come.”

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