The history of the Aviationtag Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747-400 G-VAST
This 747-400 with serial number 28757 had its first flight on 5 June 1997 and was delivered to Virgin Atlantic Airways on 17 June that year. The company founded by sir Richard Branson christened the aircraft “Ladybird”, and it received registration G-VAST.
Virgin Atlantic was planning to retire the fleet of 747’s in 2021. However, because of the Coronavirus they announced in May 2020 it would retire the fleet with immediate effect.
First the Aircraft was stored in Manchester and on 15 July 2020 it was moved to St Athan in Wales, to be dismantled and scrapped by eCube Solutions (known for TV show plane reclaimers).
Many carriers retired their 747 fleets, but you can still own a piece of their history with this Aviationtag!
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!
When using the Aviationtag as a keychain or luggage tag, we strongly advise using the original Aviationtag cover to preserve the finish.
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.