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ANALYSIS: Cosmic Girl ready for a new 747 era

Boeing 747-400s may be in the twilight of their service lives, but one pristine example is being readied for what promises to be a distinguished second career. Seen here in late January at Long Beach airport, this ex-Virgin Atlantic example will soon be carrying LauncherOne rockets built just up the road by sister company Virgin Orbit's air-launch service for small satellites.

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