Boeing bids farewell to 747 jumbo jet

The last 747 is being delivered to cargo carrier Atlas Air.

EVERETT, Wash. — Boeing bid farewell to an icon on Tuesday, delivering its final 747 jumbo jet.

Since its first flight in 1969, the 747 has served as a cargo plane, a commercial aircraft capable of carrying nearly 500 passengers, a transport for NASA’s space shuttles, and the Air Force One presidential aircraft. It revolutionized travel, connecting international cities that had never before had direct routes and helping democratize passenger flight.

However, over the past 15 years, Boeing and its European rival Airbus have introduced more profitable and fuel efficient wide-body planes, with

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