Extra Farewell Excursions Than The Who: Delta’s Limitless 747 Retirement Occasion

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Delta’s Queen of the Skies (N674US) took a victory lap throughout the nation on Dec. 18

With Delta Air Traces’ final 747 now in the boneyard at Pinal Airpark in Arizona, we thought it might be an excellent time to look again on the next-to-last farewell tour in late December when it visited each the Boeing plant of its delivery and Seattle-Tacoma Worldwide Airport.

N674US taxiing at Paine Field in Everett. Wash. Photo: Jordan Arens

N674US taxiing at Paine Subject in Everett – Photograph: Jordan Arens

This explicit hen (N674US – LN: 1232) first flew on September 30, 1999 and was delivered to Northwest in October of that yr. It was transferred to Delta’s fleet in June of 2009 and flew with the airline till being put out to pasture. With the retirement of those iconic planes from Delta’s fleet, no U.S.-based passenger airline flies them any longer (until you depend Atlas and their charters).

Landing at Sea-Tac.

Touchdown at Sea-Tac

We are going to nonetheless see 747s visiting the States within the liveries of fairly a number of worldwide airways, together with Lufthansa, British Airways, and KLM. Additionally, UPS is shopping for a number of devoted 747-8 freighters, so there are nonetheless alternatives for AvGeeks to take pleasure in watching the airplane that launched the period of the jumbo jet. We needed to share some images and movies from each on the bottom and within the air as a part of this historic goodbye.

Still graceful after all these years. Photo: Jordan Arens

Nonetheless swish in any case these years – Photograph: Jordan Arens

For a while, there were two Delta 747-400s at Sea-Tac. This one landed a few minutes before the farewell tour and was parked inside a maintenance hangar as a centerpiece for a party. It was later used to fly the Seattle Seahawks to a game someplace (we're not sportsball fans here at AirlineReporter - we only pay attention to the planes).

For some time, there have been two Delta 747-400s at Sea-Tac. This one landed a couple of minutes earlier than the farewell tour and was parked inside a upkeep hangar as a centerpiece for a celebration. It was later used to fly the Seattle Seahawks to a sport someplace (we’re not all sportsball followers right here at AirlineReporter – we solely take note of the planes).

A special decal was applied to the port side of the tour aircraft to commemorate the series of flights. Photo: Jordan Arens

A particular decal was utilized to the port aspect of the tour plane to commemorate the sequence of flights – Photograph: Jordan Arens

For a while, there were four 747s at Sea-Tac that day: the two Delta 744s, a Lufthansa 744, and a Singapore Airlines Cargo 744 freighter.

For some time, there have been 4 747s at Sea-Tac that day: the 2 Delta 744s, a Lufthansa 744, and a Singapore Airways Cargo 744 freighter

And if the images weren’t sufficient, listed here are some candy movies of the flight deck, taken by our buddy Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren (movies are USA At the moment, pool):

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