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New Queen of the Skies

Wed Jan 27, 2021 5:25 pm

Sadly, with the high retirement of 747s by passenger carriers, we need to start thinking about who the new Queen of the Skies will be. I believe it is the Triple 7. She's a veteran, and her sheer size yet graceful presence makes it an easy choice for me. Some may want to say the 787, or the A350. But I think they pale in comparison. But what are your thoughts.
 
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Re: New Queen of the Skies

Wed Jan 27, 2021 8:44 pm

How dare you....
That title will go to its grave as and when the LAST 747 flies ... until then , LONG LIVE THE QUEEN.


Mods, Sanctions against Richiemo please for making such outrageous remarks.
 
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Re: New Queen of the Skies

Wed Jan 27, 2021 9:40 pm

TUGMASTER wrote:
How dare you....
That title will go to its grave as and when the LAST 747 flies ... until then , LONG LIVE THE QUEEN.


Mods, Sanctions against Richiemo please for making such outrageous remarks.

Yup. The 747 earned the title of The Queen for more than just its size and grace. It was the first widebody and revolutionized the air travel industry to make it possible for anyone to fly. It was the pride of the United States as a domestically produced product. It was a cultural icon to an extent far beyond any aircraft today. If there's a single airplane the average citizen could pick out of a crowd, or may know by name, it's the Boeing 747. That's irreplaceable.

And there's no reason any other airplane has to take the new title. There was no new Bambino after Babe Ruth retired, no new Big Papi after David Ortiz retired. There was only one, just like there's only one Queen.
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Re: New Queen of the Skies

Thu Jan 28, 2021 11:34 am

I vote the A350 as Princess of the skies
"..your eyes will be forever turned skyward, for there.." yeah we know the DaVinci quote. Unfortunately, we're grounded :(
 
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Re: New Queen of the Skies

Thu Jan 28, 2021 2:55 pm

Have the words really been uttered?

the 747 will live on for years to come. No need to talk about that yet until time travel is possible in real life. EVEN if the queen is retired, she is the queen. She is the Queen.
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Re: New Queen of the Skies

Thu Jan 28, 2021 4:38 pm

We could call the 77W or 779 the Queen Consort of the Skies, but unlike the 747 she does not reign in her own right
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Re: New Queen of the Skies

Fri Jan 29, 2021 11:09 pm

There will be no new Queen, there is no line of succession.

She became the Queen at the time as there was nothing else to compare her with, the 707/DC8 late 60s, the L1011/DC10 coming in early 70s, the 747 was a cut above the rest. Today we have too many widebody twins around these days.

Elvis was the King until 1977, no one took over that title since.

The only one that could have taken her title, will also be suffering a similar fate in due course.

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Re: New Queen of the Skies

Sat Jan 30, 2021 12:19 am

The 747 is unique in every way. There is no questioning from afar what kind of plane you are looking at.

The 777 - to most of the world (not us) could be a 787, 767, 757, 737, A320, A330, A350, etc. There’s just nothing about it that commands or demands a moniker.

Perhaps the 787 comes closest because of the beautifully swept wings.
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