EAA To Celebrate Boeing 747 at AirVenture 2019

The iconic jumbo jet will receive a star's welcome at Oshkosh to acknowledge its 50th anniversary.

The 747 jumbo jet has been plying the skies for a half century.Boeing

The Experimental Aircraft Association will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Boeing 747 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 this summer with programming taking place throughout the week.

EAA noted that the "Queen of the Skies," as the 747 is affectionately known among its legions of fans, was developed by Boeing during a time when long-distance commercial air travel was becoming more popular. The 747 was designed to carry large numbers of passengers and subsequently held a passenger capacity record for 37 years after its introduction.

Over the years, the 747 was also adapted into other roles, including for cargo, aerial firefighting and presidential transport, among others. The 747 officially celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first flight on Saturday, February 9.

A 747 will be front and center at Oshkosh at the Boeing plaza during the week of AirVenture, which runs July 22-28.