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#4574170 - 11/14/17 07:40 PM Delta 747 Sendoff
KD0AXS Offline


Registered: 11/13/12
Posts: 2442
Loc: Nowthen, MN
Now that United's 747s are gone, Delta has announced their plans for saying goodbye to the Queen of the Skies. They will be doing a farewell tour starting in Detroit then going to Seattle, Atlanta, and ending in Minneapolis on Dec 20th with a hangar party at each stop. Unfortunately these flights and events are not open to the public or I would be there when it comes to MSP. They are auctioning off a few seats on the flights, but bids are in SkyMiles and not cash. After the farewell tour, they will be using the 747s for some charter flights through Dec 31st.

http://news.delta.com/seven-things-know-about-delta-s-big-goodbye-iconic-747

Such a shame to see them go. My dad used to take me airplane watching all the time when I was growing up and I remember watching these 744s wearing the "Bowling Shoe" when they were brand spanking new.

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#4574188 - 11/14/17 07:49 PM Re: Delta 747 Sendoff [Re: KD0AXS]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2973
Loc: USA
Great plane and very iconic.

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#4574219 - 11/14/17 08:06 PM Re: Delta 747 Sendoff [Re: KD0AXS]
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Registered: 03/04/17
Posts: 4342
Loc: Soviet State of Washington
Delta inherited the “Rattletrap” from Northwest Orient in that merger. While I will miss flying the “Queen of The Skies”, I will say good riddance to the Rattletrap. I’ve flown 10-12 transpacs on that particular plane.
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#4574304 - 11/14/17 09:15 PM Re: Delta 747 Sendoff [Re: KD0AXS]
gregk24 Offline


Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 5605
Loc: FL, USA
I will most likely never fly on one then. We are going to Hawaii for our honeymoon in February and will be flying on A320's and 757's. I have never flown on a 757 before, so that will be new.
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#4574452 - 11/15/17 02:37 AM Re: Delta 747 Sendoff [Re: KD0AXS]
Falcon_LS Offline


Registered: 10/03/08
Posts: 4055
Loc: Kuwait
A real shame. An airplane that was once the symbol of American ingenuity flies into the sunset. Now if you want to fly on one, you need to look at British Airways, Lufthansa, Korean Air or Air China. Lufthansa has 747-8's in service, and I reckon KA does too, but BA still has 747-436's in service. Not quite sure about Air China's fleet. I'm a frequent flyer with KLM, and they still have some of their 747-406's in service but they will be retired at some point in favor of twin engined 777's or 787's. Give me a four engined jumbo any day of the week, but their future looks bleak. The A380 suffers the same fate, and unlike the 747, the A380 does not have a cargo version.
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#4574487 - 11/15/17 04:59 AM Re: Delta 747 Sendoff [Re: Falcon_LS]
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Registered: 08/19/10
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Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
Features of the BIG PICTURE

Newer ships are simply more fuel efficient; yes or no?
Four engine crafts bowing to two engine crafts might be "aircraft decontenting".
Older fleets of any craft will have upwardly moving maintenance costs; yes or no?
Routes have been changing. Newer, bigger planes service the big, populated runs and other, smaller legs need smaller planes.

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#4574549 - 11/15/17 07:00 AM Re: Delta 747 Sendoff [Re: KD0AXS]
Virtus_Probi Offline


Registered: 06/25/15
Posts: 3970
Loc: New England
I happened to catch a 747 from St Louis to Chicago (O'Hare) once while I was in college, seemed strange to me at the time but I knew it was just a small leg of a much longer route. Pretty impressive to be inside something that size that could get off the ground.
I think I was on another one years later flying to Germany and was too busy stressing out about the business trip to notice it much.
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#4574601 - 11/15/17 07:42 AM Re: Delta 747 Sendoff [Re: KD0AXS]
cashmoney Offline


Registered: 03/23/13
Posts: 576
Loc: Al
A great airplane. Rode on many 747s while traveling to various places while I was working. Always felt very safe on a 747. I'll take a 4 engine jumbo anytime over 2 engine especially on long over water routes.

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