I remember, as a kid, my father taking me to the airport to see the new jumbo jet.

Jonathan M. Gitlin, writing for Ars Technica:

… more than 1,500 747s have left Boeing’s factory in Everett, Washington. Most spent their lives carrying passengers for airlines or carrying freight around the world. But some special variants have lived more exciting lives, fighting forest fires, carrying presidents—even ferrying space shuttles.