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Old 29 October 2016, 02:10 AM
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The other way would have been much cooler, though. Concorde cruised at what, Mach 4 or so? ...
Right around Mach 2.

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Airplane Farewell to the Queen of the Skies

Relevant to this discussion, United announced that they plan to move up the retirement of their 747 fleet. They will all be gone by the end of this year.

https://hub.united.com/farewell-747-...188763460.html
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Airplane One of the last airworthy Boeing 747-200s flies into retirement

https://amp-usatoday-com.cdn.ampproj...ory/100736118/

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A Kalitta Air Boeing 747-200 delivers a soft puff of white smoke as the jet completes its second-to-last landing ever Thursday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. On Friday, the jet and its crew will shuttle the airplane back to Kalitta Airís home base in Michigan, where the airplane will be retired for good by the cargo carrier.
In a time when the iconic jetliner has been disappearing from fleets across the globe at an astounding rate, another 747 biting the dust may not seem particularly remarkable. Yet this particular airplane stands out among the crowd: Itís one of the last airworthy 747-200s.
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The last 747-200 was built in 1991, so 26 years of service is respectable (assuming it was built on the last year).

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The last 747-200 was built in 1991, so 26 years of service is respectable (assuming it was built on the last year).

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According to the article this one was built in 1987, so 30 years of service, and making it only about a year older than the oldest 747-400s.
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Airplane The 747 flies into the sunset

Years ago, famed British architect Norman Foster proclaimed that his favorite building of the 20th century was an PLANE -- the Boeing 747. Now, the jumbo jet he so honored is on its final approach as a passenger plane. Kris Van Kleave gives us the view from the cockpit:

"I don't know any pilot that does not want to fly a 747," said Theresa Clairborne. "If they tell you that they don't, they're lying."

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-747...to-the-sunset/
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But after airline deregulation in the late '70s, those cocktail bars gave way to more seats.
I'm not sure it was deregulation that killed the lounges on the 747. My understanding was that they went away sooner than that, and that it was the 1974 fuel crisis that prompted the replacement of the lounges with more seats. The fuel crisis also prompted some airlines that had initially bought the 747 to get rid of them. Namely Delta and American, who at that time solely flew domestic flights and found the plane too expensive to operate when fuel prices spiked.
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