Farewell to The Queen-Flying United’s Last Boeing 747 (Part 3-The Farewell!!!)
Idries J. Abdur-Rahman, MD
Forgive the horizontal orientation, I don’t want to blame my daughter but blame my daughter, she was doing the videography while I snapped pics.
Here Sam Chui directed the crew in a farewell to the United 747.
Boarding United’s last regularly scheduled Boeing 747 service
Crossing the thresh-hold for the last time.
End of taxi and take off of UA 892, United’s last regularly scheduled Boeing 747 service.
Before I knew it I awoke to find the sun high in the sky and the flight tracker revealing that we had a bit more than 2 hours before landing. With my increasing age and the decreasing seat width and pitch on most carriers Coach cabins, I was surprised how well I slept.
After a few more turns over northern California, we established short finals for SFO. The excitement was palpable though it was mixed with a bit of sadness. N121UA and the entire UA 747 fleet had plied the world’s airways for decades and now the last regularly scheduled 747 flight for United was in it’s last minutes.
All too soon we made a grease smooth landing at SFO to a burst of applause and with that 47 years of United Boeing 747 service was officially in the history books. Here is the last eight minutes of UA892 and United’s regularly scheduled 747 service, bringing to a close 47 years of Boeing 747 operations. Again, please forgive the horizontal orientation.
Here is another perspective as the final flight landed at SFO. Credit to Walter Colby who took this video and uploaded it to YouTube. His YouTube channel is wcolby and his website is waltercolby.com
Check out part 1, The Journey to Seoul HERE
Check out part 2, Out Time in South Korea HERE