The Grand Tour host Jeremy Clarkson, 60, has addressed some “sad” news he has been thinking about this week after hearing that the Boeing 747 jumbo jet is going into retirement. Jeremy explained the aircraft is “up there” with his favourite machines “in the world” and revealed he will “miss it” when it’s gone.
The presenter’s comments about the plane come after Boeing announced that it will end production of any 747s in the factory and won’t be taking new orders amid the coronavirus crisis and due to it not being environmentally friendly.
Addressing his disappointment over the decision, Jeremy wrote in his latest column for The Sun: “I still marvel at it. And I still get a thrill when I find that the plane waiting at the airport gate has that distinctive roof bubble.
“It’s not my absolute favourite machine in the world but it’s certainly up there.
“Which is why I was sad to hear this week that, thanks to the 747’s thirst for fuel, Boeing has pulled the plug.”
Jeremy Clarkson opens up after hearing ‘sad’ news
Jeremy Clarkson said he will miss seeing the Boeing 747 jumbo jet
Reflecting on the jet’s history, Jeremy continued: “Back in the Sixties, everyone assumed the future of air travel would be glamorous and sexy and supersonic.
“That’s why Britain and France teamed up to make Concorde — which IS my absolute favourite machine in the world. But giant American airline Pan Am thought differently.
“They wanted a plane which would carry lots of people cheaply, which meant it had to be big. So they went to Boeing and, in just 28 months — a staggering achievement — the 747 was born.”
The television personality went on to share how he will remember the plane fondly.
Jeremy Clarkson spoke about the plane’s history
Jeremy Clarkson recently reunited with his co-hosts from The Grand Tour
He added: “It’ll be remembered most of all for the joy it brought to the world, taking people to places they could never have visited before it came along.
“There’s no other plane like it. It even had a face like Thomas The Tank Engine. I shall miss it.”
Elsewhere, Jeremy stunned fans after he took to Instagram yesterday and shared a photo of him putting a swab up his nose for a coronavirus test today.
The former Top Gear presenter mused that daily test kits were the new “f*****g normal” amid the COVID-19 pandemic and his reunion with The Grand Tour co-stars Richard Hammond and James May earlier this month.
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In view of his 2.9 million followers, Jeremy could be seen looking less than impressed as he took a nasal swab.
The car-enthusiast captioned the post: “The new f*****g normal: daily DIY covid testing.”
Many of his followers rushed to comment on the post, with some quizzing the presenter if he was in any “pain”.
One person asked: “Isn’t that s**t painful?”
Another person quipped: “What better way to start your day!”
“Why? Is it because you have the farm shop?” a third person quizzed.
Home test kits can be delivered so people can test themselves and their family without leaving the house.
Throat and nose swab tests are available to determine whether or not you have coronavirus.
Jeremy did not tell fans why he was using the test kit, however he recently returned to work alongside Richard and James last month.