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747-8i's First Flight


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This is 4 days off, but great nonetheless:


Boeing Completes 747-8 Freighter Taxi Tests


EVERETT, Wash., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) completed taxi tests on the first 747-8 Freighter today. With Chief Pilot Mark Feuerstein at the controls, the airplane reached a top seed of approximately 90 knots (103.5 mph, 166.6 kph).


"The airplane performed well," said Mo Yahyavi, 747 program vice president and general manager, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Based on early indications, the airplane is ready to fly."


This was the last functional test planned before first flight. The first flight of the 747-8 Freighter is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 8.


More information: http://www.boeing.com/commercial/747family/index.html


SOURCE: Boeing


You can also check out more info/pics here: http://www.newairplane.com/747/


The 747 is born again! Too bad, this is only a freighter.

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The 747 is born again! Too bad, this is only a freighter.

For now yes, but I am sure that Lufthansa have some passenger versions on order. They also have some A380s to come too so that would make an interesting mix. The A380 seems to be cleaning up in the 'massive' passenger category, though.

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