“The 747 was a major milestone in the history of flight,” one historian said.
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The Boeing 747, the original jumbo jet that was the favorite of American presidents and key to affordable mass-market air travel in the United States, will pass into aviation history this week.Nearly 50 years after its debut, the 747 will take its final commercial flight with an American carrier Tuesday on Delta Air Lines' Seoul-to-Detroit route.Boeing also will still build the jet as a freight carrier and for a few unique clients, including the U.S. president, who has used a specially outfitted 747 as Air Force One since 1990 .Nicknamed the original "jumbo jet" because of the huge hump, the aircraft is able to carry upward of 600 passengers.As it began to phase out the 747, Boeing has also downsized its aircraft.
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