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The world's last 747-100 makes final flight with Iran Air

Posted 22 January 2014 · Add Comment

An Iran Air crew waved goodbye to one of the classic aircraft in its fleet and closed the chapter on a piece of aviation history.

 

The aircraft was a Boeing 747-100 - the last flying example of the type.

The Boeing 747-186B EP-IAM (msn 21759) was ferried from the Tehran domestic airport at Mehrabad Airport to  Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA).

Images of the final flight were captured by Shahram Sharifi, the group manager of he Iranian Spotters – an aviation photography team made up professional aviation photographers.

The 15 photographers have to work around the heavy restrictions at the Iran airports to meet their aim of showing the best photographs depicting flight in Iran. This milestone final flight – which lasted just 10 minutes – was recorded with the support of Iran Air CEO Farhad Parvaresh.

EP-IAM has been with Iran Air since it was delivered new from Boeing on August 2, 1979. 

The first 747-100s were built  in 1966 with six upper deck windows (three per side) to accommodate upstairs lounge areas. Later, as airlines began to use the upper deck for premium passenger seating instead of lounge space, Boeing offered a ten-window upper deck as an option and was the version that Iran Air ordered.  The −100 was equipped with Pratt & Whitney JT9D-3A engines. A total of 167 747-100s were built.

 

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