The End of an Era: Boeing’s Final 747 Leaves Everett, Washington Factory
Boeing’s final 747 rolled out from their Everett, Washington widebody factory on Tuesday evening December 6, 2022. The aircraft will be delivered to Atlas Air in early 2023.
On Tuesday (December 6, 2022), Boeing announced that their final 747 has rolled out of their Everett, Washington widebody production facility in advance of delivery to Atlas Air in early 2023. Production of the world’s first twin-aisle airplane began in 1967 and spanned 54 years, during which a total of 1,574 airplanes were produced. First taking flight on February 9, 1969 and entering passenger revenue service with Pan Am on January 22, 1970, The Boeing 747 Family has played a key role in the company’s history of aerospace leadership.
With a length of 250’ 2”, the Boeing 747-8 is the longest commercial aircraft in service, and at typical cruising speeds can travel the length of three FIFA football pitches every second. The final production aircraft is a B747-8 Freighter, which offers a payload capacity of 133.1 tonnes, enough to transport 10,699 gold bars, or around 19 million ping-pong of golf balls.
In Tuesday’s announcement, Boeing’s Vice President and General Manager of 747 and 767 Programs, Kim Smith, said,
“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. We are proud that this plane will continue to fly across the globe for years to come.”
Boeing's Final 747, a 747-8 Freighter for Atlas Air, Rolls Out of the Company's Everett, Washington Production Facility on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - Video Credit: Paul Weatherman/Boeing
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