The Last British Airways B747 Flight - An Emotional Farewell

I traveled to the UK to see the Final British Airways 747 flight and landing. During this trip, I was able to see all 3 British Airways Retro Liveries 747 across the countryside in England and Wales.

My first stop was Dunsfold Aerodrome, I visited the Landor livery 747. I was able to go inside and take a last look of the cabin and cockpit. Then I drove to Cotswold Airport to see Negus livery 747. Cotswold Airport CEO Suzannah Harvey personally gave me a tour and explain the work to save the 747.

My last stop was in Cardiff, Wales where the BOAC livery 747 flew out from Cardiff to St Athan. It was a very short ferry flight but a very emotional one as this was the final BA 747 flight. I was at St Athan to watch the Final BA 747 landing. It was a great momentous landing with a quick stop on the short runway. After landing, I went inside the 747 to interview the pilots and witness the final power down of the 747. It was the end of an era for British Airways 747.

All 3 BA retro 747 liveries (Landor, Negus and BOAC) will be preserved in the UK.

Thanks to British Airways and SpeedBird TV for sharing some great footage: speedbirdtv


  1. Sam Chui

    Sam Chui

    5 个月 前

    For all the 747 fans, you can now order a Signed copy of my new Air747 book here: (use code FLYSAM (for 10 percent off)

    • Gustavo Linarez

      Gustavo Linarez

      3 个月 前

      @Dominic Liner f

    • Gustavo Linarez

      Gustavo Linarez

      3 个月 前


    • Tyler Cai

      Tyler Cai

      4 个月 前


    • Criselda Rebenque

      Criselda Rebenque

      4 个月 前


    • Space Skipster

      Space Skipster

      5 个月 前

      @Sam Chui who else is still flying 747's Sam ? 👍🏼

  2. James Delast

    James Delast

    20 小时 前

    Wouldn't changing the engine's to new fuel efficient ones help keep these 747's operational. ??. Thanks.

  3. James Delast

    James Delast

    20 小时 前

    Wouldn't changing the engine's to new fuel efficient ones help keep these 747's operational. ??. Thanks.

  4. C Sunil

    C Sunil

    4 天 前

    BOAC and 747 - the end of an era !!

  5. 2021


    4 天 前

    Congratulations Phillipa and Scott 🌷🌻🌹

  6. 2021


    4 天 前


  7. Crazcompart


    4 天 前

    Little by little, they're being retired from passenger service... End of a 50 year era for the 747... Airlines are demanding more efficient, lower operating cost equipment within their fleets, and the B747 and the A380 are NOT it! In a few more years, only the cargos will remain...

  8. xfire7


    8 天 前

    Glad it's being saved .

  9. Future Virtual Ltd

    Future Virtual Ltd

    9 天 前

    Check out our walkthrough

  10. 𝓓𝓡𝓘𝓥𝓔


    10 天 前

    10:18 S7 airlines in England?

  11. Frills and Studs

    Frills and Studs

    16 天 前

    Hi Sam , I am from Bangalore, India.Daily we watch your videos it has been dedication for all of us .Just now saw this video literally had tears in my eyes even though we didn't experienced B747 but afterseeing your videos the love for aviation increased so much ,and touched so much after seeing all retired aircrafts.Thank you for all your wonderful videos ❤

  12. TrainAndPlanefan145


    16 天 前

    The BOAC one has gone to Chicago many times.

  13. pilot rhy el pro aviation

    pilot rhy el pro aviation

    17 天 前

    The landing was butter

  14. Uday Pullela

    Uday Pullela

    18 天 前

    Hey Sam, can you please shed some light about the Air-India jet which had its wing taken off?

  15. JYKDUTCH GamingAndFun

    JYKDUTCH GamingAndFun

    19 天 前

    HAMMOOOOOOOND YOU IDIOT !!!! as soon as I saw the airfield that's what came up in my mind.... Sorry can't help it.

  16. Mauro Borges

    Mauro Borges

    22 天 前

    Congratulations Excellent job....i like this.....B747 is may love....

  17. Pinguin6218


    28 天 前

    Thank you for all B747 last flight vdeo. Very emotional. Hope they made a new generation of B747

  18. Walter Santos

    Walter Santos

    29 天 前

    You're a lucky man Sam. I love the BOAC my first 747 😊

  19. itsmeRadon


    个月 前

    This shows our love towards a machine which served humans with utmost loyalty! 🖤

  20. fuad fareed

    fuad fareed

    个月 前

    Absolutely amazing and emotional .blessing



    个月 前

    NO NO NO I WANT IT BACK . That is a real Beauty. "Queen of the Skies"

  22. LacobusOfficial


    个月 前

    that airfield is from top gear

  23. Sergio Zaza

    Sergio Zaza

    个月 前

    Just another group of corporate idiots who have " decided " to decommission the best aircraft platform along 'Concord " in favour toys that don't have the ability to do the work or the finesse .

  24. Grant’s Aviation

    Grant’s Aviation

    个月 前

    It’s just sad how COVID-19 made these aircraft retire.

  25. Lib3llulae


    个月 前

    I had the oportunity to flight on a British Airways 747 twice and it was great to remember that experience. Thank you so much for that, Sam!

  26. Liam Stemp

    Liam Stemp

    个月 前

    I was on a British airways 747-400 right before the pandemic.

  27. Lê Nguyễn Hoàng 9A2

    Lê Nguyễn Hoàng 9A2

    个月 前

    Idk what's the name of music in thí video ???

  28. spritebiden


    个月 前

    When your British and never flown in a 747

  29. AGphantom Assault gaming

    AGphantom Assault gaming

    个月 前

    Bye our queen

  30. Case Reagles

    Case Reagles

    个月 前

    R.I.P. 747 you were an amazing plane.

  31. Jusuf Karastanovic

    Jusuf Karastanovic

    2 个月 前

    My is jusuf l am from Chicago

  32. David Dominguez

    David Dominguez

    2 个月 前


  33. ottavva


    2 个月 前

    what's this ? BOAC and BEA again ??

  34. RandomRob_Roblox


    2 个月 前

    I've never flown on 747 but I've flown on 777x from aus to NYC

  35. Jean Fish

    Jean Fish

    2 个月 前

    I flew in a 747 JAL ( economy class) in 1977. SFO to HAMADA( sp?)

  36. Jean Fish

    Jean Fish

    2 个月 前

    Why am I sobbing?!... because a 747 is a beautiful Bumblebee ( physics enthusiasts will understand:)



    2 个月 前

    @LONG LIVE QUEEN OF THE SKYS.we will mis the B747

  38. Ayesha Shamir

    Ayesha Shamir

    2 个月 前

    I've not flew in any plane

  39. manas chakraborty

    manas chakraborty

    2 个月 前

    Flown 747 dxb-lhr-phx. First and last time in 2012. I enjoyed the mighty landing sight on numerous occasion from a bar in Tempe,AZ near PHX Intl. Feel emotional. Great video sam.

  40. Toby and James Goldsmith

    Toby and James Goldsmith

    2 个月 前

    7:42 **Blinded**

  41. Farhad Behrana

    Farhad Behrana

    2 个月 前


  42. honorus patrick

    honorus patrick

    2 个月 前

    I hope there will be newer 747s

  43. XYZ AERO


    2 个月 前

    AMAZING !!!That was a 3800 foot landing with 2800 foot ground roll for the BOAC 747 in St. Athan!!

  44. Big Boss

    Big Boss

    2 个月 前

    Wonder .... How Quickly she stopped ..... Truly The Queen of Sky .... I wish I could travel once in Jumbo 747 ..... but I guess all the Queens are now Resting

  45. ThePiou


    2 个月 前

    We are all accidentally looking for Suzanah FB... (But later on we find out her insta...)

  46. John Paul Dorado

    John Paul Dorado

    2 个月 前

    It's amazing to witness this. Thank you Sam for sharing it with us. The B-747 is really iconic.

  47. smartycummins2500


    2 个月 前

    My brother and I literally flew to London from Miami so we could fly on the 747 (and an A380 on the way back). We did that in March of 2019. We have never been on a 747 before that. If it wasn’t for that trip, we would have never gotten on the 747. Can’t thank my brother enough for making that trip happen.

  48. E A

    E A

    2 个月 前

    Well done Sam well done. Amazing work like always

  49. A G

    A G

    2 个月 前

    The A380s might meet the same fate :(

  50. Luis Alfonso Arellano Becerra

    Luis Alfonso Arellano Becerra

    2 个月 前

    I Love Jumbo 747

  51. threadripper


    2 个月 前

    Ive flown on this aircraft before, Seat 63A top deck, she was amazing.

  52. TJLS


    2 个月 前

    On October, 1984, I was a kid when I first entered on a VARIG's 747. So I am also very emotional now, after watching this beautiful video. So many memories... Thank you very much, Sam!

  53. Eric Gu

    Eric Gu

    2 个月 前

    The airport is actually the old top gear test track.

  54. Venz Buton

    Venz Buton

    3 个月 前

    The last switch battery switch off

  55. FlightRetro


    3 个月 前

    Dunsfold is the Top Gear test track, surprised i didn’t hear it mentioned considering it’s international reach!

    • Eric Gu

      Eric Gu

      2 个月 前

      Well it currently is what is left of the old top gear.

  56. MooseGaming


    3 个月 前

    now i hate british airways

  57. Ros Marnham

    Ros Marnham

    3 个月 前

    Very emotional.!!!!!!.. and especially for all of us , so priveledged to be on the Innaugral Flight all those years ago... London to JFK!!! BA 501....Thank you... Oh the memories. RIP.

  58. Gin💕


    3 个月 前

    I've been so lucky to have been a passenger on the BA 747 from London >New York and back again and from London > Antigua. She's an Iconic plane ✈ I also managed to wangle an upgrade to business on a later flight from JFK to Heathrow on a BA 777 and that too was a great flight. I've also flown Virgin on their 747 but it didn't feel the same as flying with British Airways! Great video, thanks 😊

  59. Flight Sim Partner

    Flight Sim Partner

    3 个月 前

    The last 747 I have been on is Thai airways 747-400 to Phuket but it very painful on my last flight to Chiang Mai with the a321 taking off from VTBS while taxing to RWY01R I saw those 747 that I have been on before sit idle on the taxi way and there was a lot of them

  60. joão araujo

    joão araujo

    3 个月 前

    It is very sad to see a marvel like this out of service....Everything has an end....But its very good to see that this aeroplane flight 31 years without problems....very good..The four engines aeroplanes has no future....

  61. Glitch_Gamer


    3 个月 前

    7:50 it was sitting right on your left side

  62. Glitch_Gamer


    3 个月 前

    Sam i saw a shadow when you were inspecting the 747......

  63. White Oni

    White Oni

    3 个月 前

    How to cry in less than a second

  64. Kim Jong Fat

    Kim Jong Fat

    3 个月 前

    i love ms harvey



    3 个月 前

    But BOAC is dead.

  66. gwati kundai

    gwati kundai

    3 个月 前

    wow amazing i cant believe it is going to retire without me ever flying it

  67. Moch N Kurniawan

    Moch N Kurniawan

    3 个月 前

    Due to British airways Overseas We are always Gonna remember you Thank you, 747-100s Queen of the Skies

  68. Barry Porteous

    Barry Porteous

    3 个月 前

    Cotsvold = RAF Kemble (Cotswold)

  69. パンダみなみ


    3 个月 前


  70. iix iixorb

    iix iixorb

    3 个月 前

    Thank you for bringing this unique insight to us ! Living relatively near to Heathrow, these big birds were a common sight (and sound) for us. We miss them now they're not there anymore! I've been on several BA 747's over the years, but I remember the first time going on one, I asked if we could sit in the upper deck! Permission was granted, but I wasn't impressed !! It felt like being on a small aircraft for 8 hours and if I remember correctly, up there, you don't have your own air-vent, and it was sweltering! Never again !!! I always asked to go downstairs on any 747 flight after that experience.... much nicer place to be!

  71. T.N.I Ball

    T.N.I Ball

    3 个月 前

    Dang, it looks like a 747 heaven

  72. Ramesh G

    Ramesh G

    3 个月 前

    Amazing aircraft

  73. Jimmy Tiu

    Jimmy Tiu

    3 个月 前

    I'm not an aviation geek ( might soon be bec of you Sam) but I love the 747. Flew in it during flights to Hong Kong decades ago. Also to New York via Northwest Airlines. There's something about it that makes you love it @ 1st sight/ flight! Thank you Sam for what you're doing! More power & stay safe always...

  74. Waseem Haider

    Waseem Haider

    3 个月 前

    Give them to poor country's

  75. Kishere Film

    Kishere Film

    3 个月 前

    Probably watched this 20 times now since it was uploaded!

  76. Gazza Boo

    Gazza Boo

    3 个月 前

    Great video, Sam. I was stationed at RAF St Athan back in 1976 for a short time, back then it was full of Avro Vulcan bombers. Great times. Sadly I never flew on the 747, I did fly on the 707 though, so that's good.

  77. FunForYegon


    3 个月 前

  78. gilbert


    3 个月 前

    the a380 may have the title of largest passenger plane, but the 747 will always be the Queen of the skies

  79. Captain Highschool Friends and Me Ling

    Captain Highschool Friends and Me Ling

    3 个月 前

    I miss 'Boeing 747-400s Passengers Aircrafts' too , I'm very glad the 'British Airways "Landor Livery" Boeing 747 Aircraft' can preserve

  80. Captain Highschool Friends and Me Ling

    Captain Highschool Friends and Me Ling

    3 个月 前

    9:40 I'm a High School Aviation Lover from Hong Kong, I love Aviation very much same as him

  81. Archie Wyatt

    Archie Wyatt

    3 个月 前


  82. I’m not dream

    I’m not dream

    3 个月 前

    immagine if they put it for scraps

  83. Raj M

    Raj M

    3 个月 前

    Amazing video Sam. Thanks. Iconic aircraft. It always felt wonderful to fly with BA on a 747. Certainly the end of an era.

  84. A G

    A G

    3 个月 前

    Captain Joe really missed the 747

  85. FlyRocky


    3 个月 前

    Amazing! makes me emotional to see the Queen of the Skies going to her resting place. What an iconic piece of engineering. I was privileged enough to the able to fly.

  86. nazz o

    nazz o

    3 个月 前

    I worked for the company in Ireland (IAC) who painted the three 747s retro liveries. Still have the videos from inside the hanger of G-CIVB, G-BYGC and G-BNLY.

  87. Northern Virtual Airlines

    Northern Virtual Airlines

    3 个月 前

    Sam what's the music at 18:14?

  88. ganeshsg2002


    3 个月 前

    Seen many videos on 747, Never flew in a 747, but ....... felt like I've many times.. so touching.. 😢😍😘 Sam u did a great video 👏

  89. dq dq

    dq dq

    3 个月 前

    Lucky me, i flew with 747-400 when i was a kid and teenager. Twice. The airline is Garuda Indonesia.

  90. Sakin Bhai

    Sakin Bhai

    3 个月 前

    My eyes got all wet with tears. I flew 747 few time. What a majestic aircraft 747 was.

  91. Matiasu.


    3 个月 前

    Amazing video mate!!!, it's sadly to see but we have good moments with "The Queen of the sky", Boeing 747, Airbus A380, Concorde, the most beautiful planes in the world... Greetings from South America!.

  92. Hey, that's pretty good!

    Hey, that's pretty good!

    4 个月 前

    BOEING 💪💪

  93. cheunglab


    4 个月 前

    Beautiful tribute

  94. WesPlayz


    4 个月 前

    Its the airplane freak XD

  95. Mark O'Cain

    Mark O'Cain

    4 个月 前

    Seems money gets you a private airport, a nice car and lots of cosmetic surgery LOL. Ahhh, the 744 sure was a pretty sight though. It'll be a pity to see these old girls disappear from our airports. Truly, the 747 is a queen of the skies'...even if some consider it a 'queen of the stone-age' . Big thrust high bypass turbofans on widebodies these days have pretty well killed the 4 engine behemoth, even the more recent A380 is a little on the nose with airlines for the most part.

  96. IbrPlayz


    4 个月 前

    I never flew on the B747 and airlines are already retiring them :(

  97. Chanel Indie TV Loz mini block creator

    Chanel Indie TV Loz mini block creator

    4 个月 前


  98. Jet Pigeon

    Jet Pigeon

    4 个月 前

    I remember flying with BOAC in December 1972 from London Heathrow to Johannesburg in South Africa. I was 8 years old at the time, and for me, it was like boarding a spaceship. I remember that they showed films using projectors that dropped down from the ceiling, I can even remember the films, What's up Doc (Barbara Streisand) outward, and on the return journey, The Amazing Mr. Blunden. Wonderful memories. The headphones were simply hollow tubes for the sound to travel through from your armrest.

  99. Shyam Mohabir

    Shyam Mohabir

    4 个月 前

    OMG I flew BOAC in the late 60's :)



    4 个月 前

    Can someone please explain on why planes have a limited time of flying..? Like this video. The last flight of this paticular plane. Its still ok tho. Why end it? I just dont understand :(



      5 天 前

      @cardboard oh.. thanks :)

    • cardboard


      5 天 前

      @ALYSSA ANGEL UTAMA BINTI FAIROS Moe Planes can't fly forever. Most of the passenger 747's are just too old for service sadly, and are environmentally inefficient. Safety is always the Airline's #1 priority, and keeping costs down.



      4 个月 前

      @Ethan's Aviationoh..

    • Ethan's Aviation

      Ethan's Aviation

      4 个月 前

      Basically airlines are a business so they don't care about there planes. In this case the 747 uses more fuel and has higher maintenace costs compared to more modern planes. They were ment to stay longer but we can blame covid on that 😢😡