The Queen of The Skies Lifts Off in All Her Majesty

We all know that the glory days of the 747 are waning as Boeing 777s, 787’s and Airbus A350s and A380s continue to replace the Queen of the Skies on many trunk routes.  Yet there is something very magical about a giant 747 lifting off the ground.

Would you stand at the end of this runway? This video by TopFelya is really impressive.   It shows a Virgin Atlantic 747-400 lumbering through a takeoff roll at London Gatwick.   It looks like he rotates with only a 1,000 feet of runway left.