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Farewell to the Falcon: Virgin Atlantic 747 retired to Spain

Sad news as the Virgin Atlantic 747 nicknamed the Falcon flies down to Spain to be dismantled, an effect of the coronavirus outbreak that has seen these larger, less efficient 4 engine beasts retired from service in fleets across the aviation world.

First flying in 2001, the Falcon became famous in Star Wars circles when it was adorned in an image of the Millennium Falcon to celebrate the opening of Galaxy’s Edge last year.

Virgin Atlantic is currently flying its Star Wars liveried Boeing 747, nicknamed ‘The Falcon’, to Ciudad Real in Spain. The aircraft is the second of the final seven to make the journey, following the type’s sudden retirement in early May.

Today’s flight south to Spain is almost certainly the last one that G-VLIP will operate. The aircraft was initially bound for Alitalia. However, the Italian airline never took it, according to Planespotters. Instead, following its first flight in April 2001, Virgin Atlantic took delivery of the Boeing 747-400 on May 15th of that year.

In September last year, we were treated to G-VLIP’s second theme park sponsored livery. The aircraft was renamed as The Falcon to celebrate the opening of the new Star Wars area at Walt Disney World in Florida. The name change was accompanied by a big decal of the Millennium Falcon applied to the side of the aircraft.

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