Photos: Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental Takes Off on First Flight
The 480-ton machine (registration N6067E) rotated on runway 34R after Boeing employees were allowed to gather on an adjacent taxiway. With sunny skies, a dry runway and light winds – rare for the Seattle area during March – the conditions were perfect for a seamless takeoff.
The 747-8I will land at Boeing Field (KBFI), about 30 miles south of its origin, after a five-hour test flight over the state of Washington. Because it is an initial test flight, the 747-8 I will fly under normal flight procedures with no extreme conditions testing. A press conference will follow. Stay tuned to NYCAviation for coverage of the landing and press conference.
Check out the photos and videos of the event below:
NYCAviation correspondents Tad Carlson, Andy Bokanev and Brandon Farris contributed to this report.