In Case you missed it, 747-8 first flight

February 9, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Posted in 787 Background | 2 Comments

While the 787 flight test is still progressing with little noteworthy news this week, the 747 program (the 787’s much bigger cousin) had some big news this week with the first flight of the brand new 747-8. What’s special about this airplane? Well, it’s the largest commercial aircraft Boeing has ever produced and second largest commercial aircraft in the world. Check out the video for what the first takeoff. Truly remarkable these very large planes are able to get into the air so effortlessly.  Notice the Boeing livery and the subtle “8” on the tail. As a Boeing engineer I actually had the opportunity to sit in the cockpit of this remarkable aircraft with the test pilot while it was being built in the factory.



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  1. That’s a beautiful aircraft. It looks very graceful as it ascends.

    • It certainly does! Because the 747 has four engines instead of two it is able to climb at a much faster rate than other aircraft. This might help make its climb look graceful.

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