Together for the Long Haul

By Michelle Miller

June 2016

As a flight attendant, I've logged many hours on the "Queen." Of 41-plus years with a major carrier, 31 of them were spent flying to Asia on the 747. I feel so fortunate and proud to have been able to work on this magnificent aircraft. After working my last flight on the aircraft, I felt a need to write about my experiences, time and love for the Queen -- from a flight attendant's perspective -- and what this beautiful aircraft has given me. Below are my thoughts:

Dear old friend,

For many years you have been my office, bedroom, kitchen, dining room, great room where I have entertained many guests, and a place where hundreds of therapy sessions have been held. My friend, you have been my home away from home. With you, I have met thousands of people from all corners of the earth. I have heard and shared many stories, had many laughs and have made many friends.

You have taken me through cloudy skies, clear skies, rain, snow, sleet, tornadoes, cyclones, typhoons and some of the most beautiful cloud formations I have ever seen. We’ve witnessed many sunsets, sunrises; have seen the mountains, the seas and the land, the Northern Lights, the Milky Way, and stars so bright they have taken my breath away.

Together we’ve experienced ups, downs and everything in between. We’ve seen the good, the bad, the ugly and the best of life.

I know you like the back of my hand. Your quirks, your certain characteristics, your unique and distinctive sounds and idiosyncrasies. We have grown old together, but you are still a glorious, beautiful, majestic machine, and your presence is simply magnificent.

You have affectionately been known as "the whale," but you are and always will be "Queen of the Skies." The memories with you are priceless, the destinations countless. Thank you, old friend, for a lifetime of precious memories.

Congrats to Boeing on 100 years of building the best aircraft in the world and for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts and love affair with you on the "Queen." I currently am working on the 777, but nothing compares to the 747. And, as of today, I am still having 747 withdrawals!

My Manila crew on my last 747 flight, October 2015.

Michelle Miller