The Queen of the Skies (my favorite plane, always!!) will be around for a very, very long time. Boeing thought within 5-10 years, Supersonic transportation would completely replace subsonic, and therefore, this huge plane would need a back-up life...cargo.
Ironically, this is taking place, not as Boeing predicted by SST's, but by advances in technology unimaginable just 35 years ago. And now, it is time for the Queen of the Skies to gain the title of Dowager Emperess as she moves on into her second life.
As there are still 747-100's plying the skies, some having been in passenger service for 25+ years, now getting their second wind as the world's overnight cargo delivery vans, an important step in technological development. With very new -400 models out there, the empress may surprise us all and outlive us all!
Nah, I'm not biased at all...:D
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