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TED TALLEY: Past becomes present

Connection with 747s date back decades

On Dec. 19, a page in air travel history slipped quietly into the archives even as 240,000 Pratt & Whitney horses roared over the Polar route. The last scheduled flight on an American carrier on a Boeing 747 -- "The Queen of the Skies" -- was operated by Delta Air Lines from Seoul, Korea, to Detroit. United Airlines had already ended its longtime use of the jumbo jet Nov. 7, and American Airlines dropped the airplane, with its distinctive anatomical hump, 25 years previously.

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