Airlines could slash fares by packing more than 300 passengers on the double-decker plane, which had the lowest cost per seat-mile in the industry at the time. The world’s first Queen of the Skies flew in 1970 with Pan Am.
In February, England’s Cotswold Airport opened its “party plane”, which is a converted British Airways 747 that costs £1,000 ($1,310) per hour to hire.
The flightless queen of the skies has been renovated into an event space, complete with a dance floor, DJ, kitchen bar and strobe lights.
While many entities keep the planes intact, one company went in a different direction.
According to co-founder Darren Lewington, the company started with the propeller of a Beechcraft airplane.
“I looked at the old propeller for a while thinking I could polish it off and hang it on the desk, but a few months later the cone was gone,” he explained. “Turns out one of our maintainers, also named Darren, did what I wanted to do for years.”