United’s 747 takes off into the sunset

Jumbo jet will take its lastflight on Nov. 7 after 47 years of service

END OF AN ERA—United Airlines is retiring its 747s with a final flight from San Francisco to Honolulu, the route the company’s first 747 took more than 47 years ago. Courtesy of United Airlines

Imagine it’s the fall of 1970. You’re planning a vacation to Hawaii.

You ask your travel agent what type of plane you’ll fly on. In that era, this question would have most likely referred to “prop” or “jet.” But in 1970, if you were flying on United Airlines to Hawaii, you might have been told, “You...

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