Queen Of The Skies, Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet Which Served US Presidents Bids Adieu By Drawing A Crown In The Air

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Queen Of The Skies, Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet Which Served US Presidents Bids Adieu By Drawing A Crown In The Air

The last Boeing 747, also known as “Queen of the Skies,” ever produced bid adieu to the sky in style. The production of this plane has come to an end after 53 years. The last planes produced were delivered to Atlas Air. The plane, before leaving, wrote its name in the sky and also drew a beautiful crown, referring to the popular name, “Queen of the Skies” by which it was known. 

Boeing 747, Queen Of The Skies, Bids Adieu To The Sky

The Boeing 747 was seen writing its name and drawing a crown in the sky by flight tracking websites. This feat by the plane during its maiden flight was tracked, recorded, and then shared on social media. In the 7-hour duration of the maiden flight, the pilots tried to make a crown in the air and also add the 747 number to it. The aircraft flew to Cincinnati after leaving Boeing’s plant in Everett, Washington. 

It took off from Everett at 7:49 am and flew towards the southeast. It then drew the 747 and the crown in the air over Washington State, southwest of Spokane. Atlas Air, the cargo operator, took delivery of the last planes in a ceremony that was live-streamed for all aviation enthusiasts. At the handover ceremony, the special plane plan was shared by the CEO of Atlas, John Dietrich. 

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The Plane Served The Presidents Of The United States

Atlas Air’s 747 fleet captain, Captain Tom Vize, flew the plane alongside Captain Joe Masone. They spoke about how difficult accomplishing the fleet was and how this aircraft will always be “Queen of the Skies.” The aircraft, launched in 1969, completely changed the world of flying and also served the US Presidents. The plane has been given many nicknames over the years, including The Whale and Jumbo Jet.

The jet has served as the Air Force One Presidential aircraft, a commercial aircraft with a capacity of 500 passengers, a transport for space shuttles from NASA, and a cargo plane as well. The jet also connected international cities that otherwise did not have direct flights. The Boeing 747 remained the biggest passenger aircraft until the 2000s. 

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Cover Image Courtesy: @atlasair/Instagram