VIDEO: Departing San Francisco on the United 747 Farewell Flight


Last week’s final United Airlines 747 flight was an incredible experience for many reasons and I’m very happy the company invited me along for the event. Picking a favorite bit is hard but the unexpected (to passengers) pass over the Golden Gate Bridge as we left San Francisco was probably the highlight for me. And now I have the full video to share from that moment.

As is typical I had my camera mounted in the window and recorded the departure. Rather than make this one in to a timelapse, however, I left the full 7:30 length play out and overlaid the ATC chatter, sourced from, so you can hear the calls between the pilot and the controllers about the special routing request.

Not heard here is a Cathay 777 that was held on the runway because of our path; they were less amused than we were. You can also hear some of the pax on board get excited about the views.

Again, thanks to United Airlines for inviting me along and covering my ticket costs for the event!

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. Yeah. That Cathay pilot got a wee bit annoyed πŸ™‚ Tower asked him to switch runways and he got rather snippy about having ALREADY done that. So he waited. Since we were watching on the West Field garage roof (thanks SFO PR team) we got to see that he took a while even after you left to take off.

    If you’d like to see the outside view

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