Boeing’s last 747, scheduled for delivery in the coming weeks to Atlas Air, will be tomorrow (Monday, 9th January) rollout of the paint shop in Portland.
According to a source, the aircraft will emerge at 12 PM in Portland, that’s 12 PM Pacific Standard Time, before it readies to fly back to Boeing’s factory. From here, Atlas Air will inspect the aircraft for further testing. Finally, it can then be delivered.
Per Flightradar24, N863GT landed in Portland on 21st December. Following its landing, the aircraft has been in the paint shop over the holiday period. A process that typically takes ten days or so.
Speculation has spurred on regarding the livery the aircraft will emerge with. Many hope that Boeing will celebrate the final 747 with a unique scheme. Rumours pointed towards a tribute for Joe Sutter. Although, at this point, it is unclear if or how that’ll be executed.
What can be confirmed is that the aircraft will not sport the typical Atlas Air livery. It’ll lean into its ongoing deal with another logistics company.
Boeing’s 747 saw production begin over half a century ago. Since it has been an icon of the skies. With Boeing set to draw the curtain on the queen of the skies, tributes have poured in for the fondest memories those have had with the series across its 50+ years.
Thankfully, the Boeing 747 will continue flying for decades to come. While likely not as frequently for passenger operations given the -8s poor performance, from a freighter standpoint, companies such as UPS and Atlas Air will long keep the queen flying.
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