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The Queen of the Skies' final resting place: Inside the remote Arizona desert graveyard where the last of the US Boeing 747 fleet are left to 'die' as they're replaced by new planes (20 Pics)

  • The final American Boeing 747 - the world's first jumbo jet - has come to rest in an Arizona graveyard
  • The old planes are at a 'boneyard' in Arizona, a salvage facility where planes are sent to be stored or scrapped
  • Foreign airlines including British Airways, Lufthansa and Korean Air still use the 747 for passenger flights
  • The 747 was designed to provide seating for growing numbers of passengers and heralded the beginning of the age of air travel for the masses when it first flew in February 1969

  • The Pinal Park Airport, located in Marana, Arizona, is a county-owned airport that is mainly used as a 'boneyard' for old commercial planes

    Delta retired its last 747 passenger plane in January, marking the final flight of the jumbo jet by a U.S. carrier


    The old planes are at a 'boneyard' in Arizona, a salvage facility where planes are sent to be stored or scrapped


    Commercial airplanes lie next to one another in Marana, Arizona. More than 50 clients use the storage facility


    In the U.S., Delta operated its final regularly scheduled flight of a 747 in December, but two weeks later the airline arranged for a special farewell to the final Boeing plane flown by an American operator

    A line of Northwest Airlines planes are parked at a storage ramp at the Evergreen Air Center in Marana, Arizona


    Delta's final Boeing 747 passenger plane flew to Arizona in January, marking the final flight of the jumbo jet by a U.S. carrier


    A group of 48 Delta employees and reporters made 'aviation history' on January 4 when Ship 6314 took to the skies one last time to fly to retirement home at Pinal Air Park in Marana from Atlanta

    An old Boeing 747 lies behind a scrap heap of aluminum parts that were salvaged from its wings and fuselage at the Evergreen Air Center


    A desert Saguro cactus lies near some commercial aircraft at the Evergreen Air Center in Arizona


    Northwest Airlines uses a boneyard near Tuscon, Arizona to store their old and retired Boeing 747s


    Pinal Airpark covers an area of 2,080 acres and has single runway measuring 6,849 by 150 feet


    In November, United Airlines flew its final 747 from San Francisco to Hawaii before retiring its entire Boeing 747 fleet

    Model of an Air France Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet interior with passengers seen in 1966


    A NASA Boeing 747 space-shuttle carrier rests at the Evergreen Air Center. NASA rotates its two carriers through Evergreen for maintenance and storage


    Commercial airplanes lie next to each other at the Evergreen Air Center. Some planes are stored for a short time while others will be cut up and sold for scrap aluminum


    However, foreign airlines including British Airways, Lufthansa and Korean Air use the 747 for passenger flights


    The last Delta 747 flew from Atlanta to Marana with a group of 48 Delta employees and reporters

    THE BOEING 777: THE PLANE THAT REPLACES 747s


    A United Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft pictured earlier this year. The plane has only two engines, compared to the 747's four, making it more efficient and therefore less costly to run

    The 777 is able to carry the same number of passengers despite having two less engines. Pictured above is the standard seat configuration for a United 777 aircraft
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