The legendary “Flying Dutchman” is making a comeback!
KLM, the Dutch airline, received the Boeing 747-400 with registration PH-BFG in April 1990. Named “City of Guayaquil” and identified by manufacturer’s serial number (MSN) 24517, the plane traversed numerous destinations like Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Toronto over nearly 30 years. Now, the decommissioned aircraft lives on through with this Aviationtag KLM Boeing 747 PH-BFG, upcycled luggage tags made from the fuselage skin of the legendary “Flying Dutchman.”
In 2019, the aircraft was decommissioned and handed over to Air Atlanta Icelandic for recycling. It was then re-registered as TF-AMG and subsequently parked at Cotswold Airport, where it was eventually dismantled in March 2021.
Aviationtag is delighted to announce their third KLM tag. Don’t miss this opportunity!
Fun fact: KLM is the oldest airline in the world that still operates under its original name.
Order it now, and don’t forget the cover!
Please be advised: Owning an Aviationtag, is owning a piece of history. During the airplane’s long life, the skin has developed some unique properties which make each tag different. Depending on the aircraft and what part it’s manufactured from, tags may show differences in material, color, thickness, and finish. For example, small scratches and flaking paint are perfectly normal, and these imperfections reflect on the long history of the aircraft. They give the tag its unique look and make it an excellent aviation collectible!
History of the Boeing 747
The “Queen of the skies”, the iconic Boeing 747, was designed by Joe Sutter and his team in just 29 months. The wide body jetliner made its first flight on February 9, 1969, and it was put into service on January 22, 1970, with Pan Am.
The massive long haul aircraft, could have a wingspan of up to 68.4 m and a maximum range of 7,730 nm (14,316 km), depending on the variant. The so called “Jumbo jet” reached cruising speeds of mach 0.855 (933 km/h).
Sadly, the Coronavirus hit the Airline industry hard, and many retired their 747’s early in search for more efficient newer models. Boeing announced in 2020 it will end production. The last models are planned to roll of the production line in 2022. However, the 747 will keep flying for many more years, mostly as a freighter.