Delta Air Lines made huge preparations to move this approximately 400,000-pound, 232-foot-long 747-400 from the outskirts of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to the Delta Flight Museum, located two streets away. The three-hour-plus operation took place Saturday, April 30, 2016 beginning at 7:30 a.m. Click through the gallery to see how it was done.
The plane's nose gear was placed inside a towing vehicle which moved the airliner slowly across Atlanta's Toffie Terrace. Crews used equipment to place steel plates over street curbs to protect them from the 747's approximately 6,000-pound main landing gear.
The Boeing 747-400 was the first ever built for a commercial airline. The history of the event wasn't lost on the moving crew, who took a moment to take a selfie.
Delta dubbed this 747-400, Ship 6301. After 27 years of service — first with Northwest Airlines — then with Delta after the two airlines merged in 2008, it was time to retire Ship 6301 last year.
Someone was taking photos from the cockpit.
Buzz about the big 747 moving operation drew aviation enthusiasts, Delta employees, news media and people who lived in the neighborhood to come and witness the rare event.
Police blocked off parts of two city streets for more than half the day.
These two found a way to get a bird's eye view of the six-story-tall airplane.
Finally the jet makes it into the parking lot of the Delta Flight Museum, where it will become a permanent exhibit.
Mission accomplished: After a jumbo complicated parking assignment, Ship 6301 greets visitors at the museum entrance.