The unusual sight will meander through the Black Country and Staffordshire on Thursday August 11 as it heads north.
Instead of being scrapped, the partial remains of the iconic plane will be heading from Kemble in Gloucestershire to Barton City Airport in Salford, Greater Manchester, where it will become a tourist attraction.
Called The Deck, the plane formerly registered G-BYGA will become a tourist attraction that will also serve as the setting for educational and recreational tours, allowing visitors to get up close to the pilot’s seat and take the controls to fly the plane while that it becomes the United Kingdom. only 747 flight simulation using a real airplane cockpit.
Doors2Manual, the company behind the project, also plans to use The Deck as an Insta-dream wedding and conference venue.
Drew Hanna, co-founder of Doors2Manual and director of The Deck, said, “It’s been a dream of ours for a long, long time and we’re excited to finally prepare for G-BYGA’s final journey to our hangar. I don’t think many of us will ever have seen a Boeing 747 taxiing down the highway, so it will be a sight many families and flight enthusiasts will never forget.
“We have been able to build Doors2Manual into one of the world’s leading suppliers of airline memorabilia and spare parts. Now being able to salvage such an important part of an iconic aircraft is our greatest pleasure until now.”
The plane is due to leave Kemble around 9.30am on Thursday and take four and a half to five hours to complete the 150 mile journey to Salford. Anyone wishing to follow the plane can follow its progress on The Deck’s Facebook and Instagram pages – search @thedeck747.
Due to its size, the aircraft will use two lanes of the M5 and M6 carriageways heading north.
Karen Kearns, Operations Manager, Doors2Manual and Director of The Deck, added: “The trip to Manchester’s original airport is just the start of a second life for the spinster and we are so privileged to to be able to offer him a bright future. More than that, we know TheDeck will provide the perfect backdrop for so many special days for flight fans and we can’t wait to see people coming back through the doors for tours, events and to get behind the yoke and drive it.
G-BYGA was once owned by British Airways until it fell victim to the Covid-19 pandemic which wreaked havoc on the aviation industry.
British Airways got rid of its 31 747s, while Virgin Atlantic withdrew its last seven copies.
Once installed, the plane will become the newest addition to the city’s airport tourist attraction, which also includes three other flight simulators – allowing visitors to take the controls of three different planes, including an Airbus A320 , an observation area to watch planes take off and land with scheduled flights. events, picnic area, children’s play area and the VG Bar & Grill.
Airplane, helicopter and gyroplane flights and lessons are also available at the site’s flight schools.