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Delta's 747 will fly into MSP Airport for the final time on Wednesday

The jumbo jet lands at lunchtime.
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What's happening?

Wednesday will be the last chance to see the iconic Boeing 747 fly into Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.

Dubbed the "Queen of the Skies," the 747 completed its final flight for Delta on Tuesday, landing in Detroit before flying off for a farewell tour of Delta hubs, including MSP.

It is the last 747 flying passengers for an American airline.

When will it get to MSP and how can I watch?

Flying in from Atlanta, it is scheduled to land at MSP at 12:45 p.m. central time.

Spectators urged to head to the viewing area at the end of Cargo Road – info on which you can find here.

Why is it going out of service?

Also known as the "jumbo jet," the 747 changed the face of aviation permanently after it was introduced in 1969, but their numbers have dropped as more efficient twin-engine planes came on the market.

Delta is taking the 747 out of service and replacing them for its long-haul routes with the new Airbus A350, the Daily Telegraph reports.

It nonetheless has a proud history at MSP, with the former Twin Cities-based Northwest Airlines using the four-engine craft to fly international routes before its takeover by Delta in 2008.

The 747-400 landing at MSP on Wednesday is a former Northwest plane, going into service in 1999 before transferring to Delta via the merger, Boeing says.

So I'll never see a 747 in the U.S. again?

Well, not necessarily. Other airlines still use 747s, just not American ones.

The Pioneer Press notes international airlines including British Airways, Korean Air Lines and Lufthansa still use jumbos on their U.S. routes.

But unless these airlines start using 747s to fly direct to MSP, Wednesday is likely the last time we'll see one carrying passengers fly into the Twin Cities.

It's immediate future will be as a freighter, with the newspaper noting most of the unfilled orders for new 747s have been put in by UPS.

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