A variantÂ of theÂ Queen of the Skies took aÂ step closer towards the history books this week as Kalitta Air retired its remaining 747-200, which isÂ one of the few remaining airworthy civilian models of the type.
This particular airframe was delivered to United Airlines in March 1987, having been built at Boeing’s Everett, Wash., factory. It was converted to a freighter in 2000 by Boeing while registered to Northwest Airlines, andÂ was eventually putÂ into storage in 2009. In 2010, it returnedÂ to service with Kalitta, and was officially retired on April 23.
“It’s nice to see that people still care about this stuff,” said Capt. Scott Jakl as he and his flight crew were preparing the aircraft for the flight to Kalitta’s maintenance facility in Oscoda, Mich. “This is a very big deal for us,” he said of the plane’s last flight.