For aviation buffs, the 747's retirement is a devastating milestone, but it also represents significant progress

Tell me it ain't true

But indeed, the days of the 747-400 are clearly numbered. I haven't flown in one in quite a while and I suspect I will never again. 

Yes, the 747-8 is still rolling out (Lufthansa celebrated it in style) but, let's be honest here, Boeing's 777 and 787 offer better operational values for airlines. 

For all the economical sense of this, it makes me sad—my first childhood memory of an aircraft is that one.

If you can stomach it, Engadget has a gallery of where 747s go to die

Empty hearts. (image credit: Engadget)