What if it has two engines instead of four? Or if it's a true double-decker instead of a partial? These are a few of the changes highlighted on a new patent> the company got last month.
FlightBlogger has this piece detailing what the 747 could look like, according to the patent.
Keep in mind that getting a patent doesn't mean Boeing's concept will ever be produced.
While future versions of the 747 aren't certain, what happens to at the end of 747's life is.
The BBC has this video on how one Boeing 747 is reduced to a heap of metal:
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