#byebye / Boeing has delivered the last 747.

Thousands of Boeing workers, suppliers, and customers gathered in Everett Tuesday to send off the jet maker’s final 747 to customer Atlas Air.

The first version of the plane took flight in 1969, followed quickly by larger passenger and freighter variants. Ultimately, Boeing designed nine commercial versions of the 747 model, which was an intercontinental travel trailblazer capable of carrying 400 or more passengers

Fifty four years! The only other vehicle I can think of with such longevity is the Volkswagen Beatle which began production in 1938, and it’s still in production. What a fantastic achievement of engineering and ingenuity.