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Boeing 747 goes into flight retirement and becomes a film set

Johanna Koyser
24.10.2020
2 minutes

We have already reported several times in WingMag about the worldwide phasing out of the Boeing 747. Some airlines have come up with very special events and activities, such as the Australian airline Qantas. Recently, the British Airways 747 with the designation G-CIVW also went into flight retirement, which in their case does not mean a standstill on board.

The day before yesterday the aircraft flew its last flight for the time being through the skies from Cardiff to the Dunsfold Aerodome in Surrey. There, a new phase in the life of this “Queen of the Skies” is now beginning. As she is being transformed into a film set. After all, flight scenes in feature films have to be shot somewhere. Usually, replicas of individual sections of an aircraft, which are located in film studios, are used for this purpose. But the possibility of using a complete, real aircraft as a film set opens up new possibilities for many productions. For example, uncut tracking shots from the cockpit to the tail of an aircraft can be realised. A Boeing 747 is particularly suitable for this, simply because of its size.

But the G-CIVW is not only reserved for film crews. In future, aviation enthusiasts will also be able to take a tour of the Boeing 747 if the aircraft is not a film set. This combination of film set and museum guarantees that the aircraft will never get bored in its flight pension. We are curious to see when we can admire this aircraft on the big screen for the first time.

Picture © Alev Takil

by Johanna Koyser

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