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    Boeing is halting production of its iconic 747

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    End of an era
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    End of an era

    Boeing is halting the production of its 747 jumbo jet in 2022, after over fifty years in service.

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    Fifty years ago
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    Fifty years ago

    The 747 jumbo jet was first debuted as a prototype in September of 1968 at the American manufacturer’s Washington plant, which was custom built for the 747, due to its size.

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    Take off

    Boeing’s first 747 took to the skies the next year - February 9, 1969 - almost immediately gaining popularity with airlines due to its affordability and capacity.

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    Records, set

    A British Airways Boeing 747 also set a subsonic record, making the transatlantic crossing - between New York and London - in just under five hours.

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    Current iteration
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    Current iteration

    Boeing’s behemoth - the Queen of the Skies - is currently a 400-seater, selling as the 747-8 which was launched in 2005 and can travel 14,000 kilometres.

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    Specialty plane

    The 747 is so huge that Boeing had to build an entirely new plane - the Dreamlifter - just to transport sections of under-production 747s between Boeing’s factories.

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