Joe Sutter has died aged 95. As the former chief engineer of Boeing’s 747 program, Sutter is credited with leading the development of the first widebody aircraft, which ushered in the globe-shrinking age of mass air travel. In his memory, we revisit the best of Aviation Week & Space Technology's covers featuring the Queen of the Skies.


The Boeing 747, dubbed the Queen of the Skies, has graced the cover of Aviation Week & Space Technology on numerous occasions since its inception. We’ve scoured Aviation Week’s digital archives to chart some of the 747’s most prominent cover stories.