Queen of the Skies - Boeing 747

Truly Crowned as "Queen of the Skies" the Boeing 747 has been ruling since it made its maiden flight on February 9th, 1969.

The 747 was the result of the work of some 50,000 Boeing people. Called "the Incredibles," who made aviation history by building the 747 — the largest civilian airplane in the world — in roughly 16 months during the late 1960s.

The 747-400 rolled out in 1988. Its wingspan is 212 feet (64 meters), and it has 6-foot-high (1.8-meter-high) "winglets" on the wingtips. The 747-400 also is produced as a freighter.

On June 28, 2014, Boeing delivered the 1,500th 747 to come off the production line to Frankfurt, Germany-based Lufthansa. The 747 is the first wide-body airplane in history to reach the 1,500 milestones.