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March 20, 2011

Liveblogging the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental First Flight

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By: Nate Strong
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Boeing 747-8 intercontinental
The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental is set to make its maiden test flight today at 10am Pacific time, 1pm Eastern. Reload for continuous live updates from Paine Field in Washington.

10:13am: Tracking Boeing 008′s flight path via Planefinder.net:

10:00am: First flight photos:
Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental takeoff

Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental takeoff 2

Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental takeoff

9:59am: And she’s in the air!

9:55am: Cleared for takeoff!

9:54: Ready for takeoff! Live video here: http://www.newairplane.com/747/incredible/

9:51: T-38 chase aircraft cleared to circle into position.

9:41am: Boeing Flight 8 taxiing to the runway.
Boeing 747-8I first flight taxiing

9:30am: Boeing employees waiting at the end of the runway.
Boeing 747-8i first flight crowd

9:18am: Engines starting.
Boeing 747-8i first flight engine start

9:13am: Pushing out for engine start:
Boeing 747-8 intercontinental

8:47am: Flight plane for Boeing Flight 8 is filed: PAE-BFI via ZAGIC JAWBN V4 TOU V4 JAWBN EPH D02+00 SUMMA OLM OLM7. Scheduled flight time is 3 hours 47 minutes at a cruising altitude of 14,000 feet.