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In Pictures: Final flight – Heathrow waves goodbye to BA’s Boeing 747s

The two double-deckers, also known as a jumbo jet or as the Queen of the Skies, left Heathrow Airport in BA livery for the last time.

An era ended for British Airways when two of its Boeing 747 fleet left Heathrow Airport for the last time.

Commonly referred to as jumbo jets, or more respectfully as the Queen of the Skies, the aircraft have been familiar sights over London and the rest of the UK for half a century.

Their departure from the BA fleet has been hastened by the crisis wreaked on the aviation industry by the coronavirus pandemic.

Aircraft G-CIVY, one of the last two British Airways Boeing 747-400 aircraft, takes off on its final departure from Heathrow Airport, London (Steve Parsons/PA)

Aircraft G-CIVY, one of the last two British Airways Boeing 747-400 aircraft, takes off on its final departure from Heathrow Airport, London

British Airways retires 747 fleet

A Union flag is waved from the cockpit window of one of the last two British Airways Boeing 747-400 aircraft, designated G-CIVB, as it prepares for a final flight from Heathrow Airport, London

A Boeing 747 in BOAC livery 7 (British Airways/PA)

A Boeing 747 in BOAC livery 7

British Airways retires 747 fleet

Aircraft G-CIVY, one of the last two British Airways Boeing 747-400 aircraft, conducts a fly past after its final departure from Heathrow Airport, London

A passenger cabin in a Boeing 747 57 (BA/PA)

A passenger cabin in a Boeing 747 57 in 1971

The planes have become a familiar sight in the UK skies (Steve Parsons/PA)

The planes have become a familiar sight in the UK skies

A 1971 photo of a Boeing 747 in British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) livery at London’s Heathrow airport. The airline is now known as BA (PA)

A 1971 photo of a Boeing 747 in British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) livery at London’s Heathrow airport. The airline is now known as BA

A 1971 take-off in BOAC livery before the airline rebranded (PA)

A 1971 take-off in BOAC livery before the airline rebranded

British Airways Boeing 747-400 aircraft, designated G-CIVY performs a fly past over Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport (Andrew Matthews/PA)

British Airways Boeing 747-400 aircraft, designated G-CIVY performs a fly past over Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport

A British Airways Boeing 747 taklng off from London’s Heathrow airport in 2001 (Tim Ockenden/PA)

A British Airways Boeing 747 taklng off from London’s Heathrow airport in 2001

The last two British Airways Boeing 747-400 aircraft, designated G-CIVY (front) and G-CIVB prepare for the final flight from Heathrow Airport (Steve Parsons/PA)

The last two British Airways Boeing 747-400 aircraft, designated G-CIVY (front) and G-CIVB prepare for the final flight from Heathrow Airport

The double decker is known affectionately as the Queen of the Skies (Steve Parsons/PA)

The double decker is known affectionately as the Queen of the Skies

A Boeing 747 in BOAC livery 7 (British Airways/PA)

A Boeing 747 in BOAC livery 7

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olivep
12th Oct 2020
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Thanks for voting!
Beautiful aircraft, saw the first one fly into Heathrow over our house in Bedfont (which was under the main flight path). The media were out in force outside our house to witness it - much to mothers annoyance!! First time we flew on it was 1972 and there was a brass plaque in the cabin stating "this aircraft was the largest landmass to (ever) leave the ground"!
Flew on this wonderful aircraft many times will always have a soft spot for the Queen of the Skies.
Concorde gone, BA 747s gone, 380 going . Sad ......
viking
8th Oct 2020
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Lovely photographs.

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