The Queen of the Skies.

All are nicknames for the Boeing 747, the most famous jet airliner ever to ply the sky.

Fifty years ago today in Everett, Washington, the first 747 took off on its first flight.

Though its numbers are dwindling fast, today you can still catch a glimpse of its easily recognizable profile at airports around the world.

The idea for a giant airliner came in 1965 after Boeing lost a competition to build a large military transport for the US Air Force (the winning bid from Lockheed would become the C5A Galaxy).

At the time when commercial supersonic hopes were high, some even thought that the 2707 would eventually relegate the 747 to hauling freight.

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