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Farewell to the 747, the Plane That Shrank the World

A Delta flight to a Boeing factory marks one of the last times passengers in the U.S. will travel on the “Queen of the Skies.”

When Boeing unveiled the 747, it was the world’s largest and longest-range jetliner. Photo by Roger Ressmeyer/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images

By Julie Johnsson

For a half-century, Boeing Co. mechanics in a sprawling factory north of Seattle have riveted together aluminum panels…

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