Final Boeing 747 leaves crowning legacy in the skies with flight path

The final Boeing 747 departed Everett, Washington’s Paine Field airport (PAE) on the morning of February 1, 2023 and landed at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)  where it will become a freighter for Atlas Air.

However, before flight 5Y 747 completed its over six-hour, 3,300+ kilometer journey, it left a crowning legacy in the skies.

In a nod to its nickname “Queen of the Skies”, the final B747 aircraft, registered N863GT, flew an interesting flight path shortly after its takeoff, forming a flight path in the shape of a crown with the numbers 747 below. 

Since the 747 was first rolled out in 1968, it has been called a number of other names such as ‘The Jumbo Jet’, and ‘The Whale’. 

It is believed that Boeing marketing decided that ‘Queen of the Skies’ would be a much more romantic and positive slogan denoting class and grace. The aircraft was called a queen, rather than a king, due to the queen’s less limited movement in a chess board. 

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