According to the US Consumer News and Business Channel (CNBC) recently, the last Boeing 747 aircraft rolled off the production line from the company's factory in the north of Seattle, marking the end of the production process of this large aircraft for more than half a century, and officially stopped production.
The 1,574th, the last Boeing 747, will then be flown by a Boeing test pilot, the report said. After being painted, it will be delivered to Atlas Air America early next year.
Everett Wash, the last Boeing 747 left the company's wide-body aircraft factory on December 6, 2022.
"This is a very surreal moment," Kim Smith, vice president, and general manager of Boeing's 747 and 767 programs said at the assembly plant. "For the first time in more than 50 years, we don't have a 747 in our factory."
According to CNBC, the suspension of Boeing 747 production does not mean that the aircraft will completely disappear from the sky, because new aircraft may still fly for decades, but they have become rare in commercial aviation.
According to media reports, Boeing launched the 747 four-engine double-decker cabin aircraft in 1970. It is the world's first wide-body civil aviation aircraft and can carry 400 people. It is known as the "Queen of the Air".
Dominated international air cargo and passenger operations for decades. In 2020, according to German media reports, Boeing announced the suspension of production of the 747 wide-body aircraft. According to reports, the Boeing 747 aircraft has become a model that airlines often phase out because of excessive fuel consumption and fewer orders.
In addition, Boeing announced that it has reduced or stopped the production of a series of models. In addition to responding to the impact of the epidemic, the company also needs to solve the problem of the flight ban on its best-selling model, the 737MAX, which has also increased its financial burden.
Boeing main models
Boeing 2707 is the first supersonic airliner program developed by the United States. With a government contract in hand, Boeing began work on the plane's design in Seattle. However, due to the increase in cost and the lack of clear market demand, the entire plan was suspended before the construction of two prototypes in 1971.
In 1930, Boeing started the development of an all-metal airliner, which is the most famous Boeing 247 airliner in aviation history. It has an all-metal structure and streamlined appearance, the landing gear can be retracted, and it adopts a lower monoplane structure. The cruising speed of the aircraft is 248 km/h, the range is 776 km, and it can carry 10 passengers.
The seats on the plane are comfortable, there are toilets, and there is a stewardess. The Boeing 247 made its first successful test flight in 1933. The seating conditions of the Boeing 247 have been greatly improved, and the speed has also been greatly improved compared with ordinary passenger planes. Therefore, it is very popular with various airlines and has become a hero in the history of American civil aviation transportation.
The Boeing 307 is the world's first fully pressurized passenger aircraft that has been put into use. At that time, its flight altitude could be 20,000 feet higher than that of ordinary airliners without pressurized cabins (flight altitude 5,000-10,000 feet).
It has a crew of five and can carry 33 passengers, and it also has a sleeper cabin nearly 12 feet wide. It is also the first land-based aircraft to include a flight technician in the crew.