January 31, 2023 3:57pm
Updated: January 31, 2023 4:30pm
Airplane manufacturer Boeing on Tuesday will deliver its final 747 jumbo jet and will move on to the production of newer models.
Cargo transporter Atlas Air will receive the final aircraft of the model, which has flown since 1969, according to the Associated Press. The cargo carrier ordered eight such planes in 2022.
The delivery of the final plane will mark the 1,574th 747 jumbo jet the firm produced in Washington state.
The first 747 to enter service flew for Pan Am and ran the New York to London route. The model eventually became an aerial mainstay but Boeing has since developed more modern designs with merely two engines, as opposed to the four propelling the 747.
Dubbed the "Queen of the Skies," the 747 became a cultural symbol of air travel, appearing in numerous films such as the James Bond franchise and even earning an eponymous chart single in the form of heavy metal band Saxon's 1980 hit "747 (Strangers in the Night)."