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747-8 First Flight  
User currently offlineCCA From Hong Kong, joined Oct 2002, 846 posts, RR: 14
Posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 70491 times:

Rumor is the 747-8F will have it's first flight on Jan 10th, so what's going on at the moment surely taxi test must be soon.

Also what's the state of #2 it must be ready for the flight line soon, seeing initially it was going to fly before year end like #1.


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User currently offlineEmirates2005 From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 238 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 70407 times:

Now THAT is one flight am really eager to see. Hope sooner than later for that magnificent bird.


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User currently onlineEPA001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 4946 posts, RR: 40
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 70240 times:
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Quoting Emirates2005 (Reply 1):
Now THAT is one flight am really eager to see. Hope sooner than later for that magnificent bird.

As am I, although the B787 first flight was more important for Boeing. But to see another four holer take to the skies certainly catches a little bit extra of my attention.  Smile I hope to have this news confirmed soon.


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10930 posts, RR: 37
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 69472 times:

I want to see this first flight too. I am sure Boeing will have it livecast on their site just the same as they had that fabulous first 787 flight.

One more new big bird will take to the skies!  airplane   cheerful 



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User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10817 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 69318 times:

On the 10th already? Next sunday. Very nice to hear. Lets hope it´ll be confirmed. I´m very eager to see the grand dame of the sky fly and I hope Boeing is broadcasting it like the 787.
Let´s wish for a bit of sunshine that day!


User currently offlineWindshear From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 2334 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 69198 times:

Are there any pictures of the finished plane?

Boaz.



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User currently offlineRobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3958 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 69066 times:



Quoting CCA (Thread starter):
Rumor is the 747-8F will have it's first flight on Jan 10th

Source? Boeing's own system showed Jan 21 as of last week.

R


User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 68761 times:



Quoting EPA001 (Reply 2):
to see another four holer take to the skies certainly catches a little bit extra of my attention.

Not to mention the new "longest aircraft in the world" stealing the crown from the a346 in that respect. Can't wait either!!

Quoting RobK (Reply 6):
Source? Boeing's own system showed Jan 21 as of last week.

As long as it's this month, we can be very happy IMHO..  bigthumbsup 



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User currently offlineJayeshrulz From India, joined Apr 2007, 1029 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 68539 times:

I think its going to be in March.

But if its 10th, it will be a surprising start for 2010!!
10-01-2010...not bad!!



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User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 68346 times:



Quoting Jayeshrulz (Reply 8):
10-01-2010...not bad!!

Or as the Americans put it... 01-10-10  Wink



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User currently offlineAirutopia From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 67832 times:

No way it will be Jan 10.

Jan 21st is much more accurate.

Also, Boeing will not 'First flight' a new aircraft of this magnitude on a Sunday as they know the Media needs to attend.

Good posting... let's keep this alive!



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User currently offlineJayeshrulz From India, joined Apr 2007, 1029 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 65951 times:



Quoting Kappel (Reply 9):
Or as the Americans put it... 01-10-10 Wink

OH yes.
Idk actually when is the FF of the Queen of the Skies.But i will be surprised why i try them and more airlines order them.
i hope the production run is long for this airline.Hope i see a twin deck 747 too.Maybe if fat A380 has a market so why not my lovely Boeing?



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User currently offline757GB From Uruguay, joined Feb 2009, 678 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 65616 times:

Ok, now you all got me looking forward to another first flight!
I hope things run smoothly. Whatever the date, it's going to be great to see one of the most majestic aircraft ever built (can't forget Concorde) soar to the skies again.

I loved seeing the 787 fly. The 747 is in a class all by itself. Really looking forward to this one.

GB



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User currently offlineCCA From Hong Kong, joined Oct 2002, 846 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 65339 times:

I read the 10th in an article on the net it certainly wasn't a solid source, that's why I wrote a rumor. At least we know the 21st is more realistic.

So what about #2 when will we see it?



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User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10817 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 64988 times:



Quoting CCA (Reply 13):
So what about #2 when will we see it?

Very soon. Several 748Fs are in various stages of completion. If reports are correct it will be in Cargolux colours - or better said, it will be all grey!


User currently offlineLHUSA From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 573 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 64344 times:

Any word on when the 748i will begin production (if it hasn't already) and have first flight? I'm sure it's all over the boards on here, but just thought I'd ask. Thanks!!

User currently offlineAnshuk From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2009, 486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 63600 times:



Quoting Jayeshrulz (Reply 8):
I think its going to be in March.

Why March?  Sad what is your source?

It'll be wicked seeing this magnificent bird take to the skies! Can't wait! And it'll be even better seeing the passenger version with its stretched UD  Smile  Smile


User currently offlineF9mechanic From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 62 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 61857 times:



Quoting NA (Reply 14):
If reports are correct it will be in Cargolux colours - or better said, it will be all grey!

# 2 is due out tomorrow on 2nd shift. That A/C will go to NCA, we've been told that it will be in full house colors. #1 isn't going to fly until the 22nd, but will likely be pushed back. 1423, 1424 and 1425 are going to Cargolux and will be painted in full livery.


User currently offlineRobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3958 posts, RR: 18
Reply 18, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 60081 times:



Quoting RobK (Reply 6):
Source? Boeing's own system showed Jan 21 as of last week.

I didn't have the file to hand when I wrote that but I do now. It's actually showing for Jan 22 not 21. Of course as is typical with first flight scheds, there is a high likelihood that they will change as we draw closer to the date.

R


User currently offlineRobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3958 posts, RR: 18
Reply 19, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 60035 times:



Quoting F9mechanic (Reply 17):
#1 isn't going to fly until the 22nd, but will likely be pushed back

I should have read the latest replies before I replied myself! Info agrees with yours so that gives it a bit more 'weight'.

R


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25999 posts, RR: 22
Reply 20, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 59714 times:



Quoting Kappel (Reply 7):
Quoting EPA001 (Reply 2):
to see another four holer take to the skies certainly catches a little bit extra of my attention.

Not to mention the new "longest aircraft in the world" stealing the crown from the a346 in that respect.

If you ignore the An-225 which is almost 30 ft. (9m) longer than the 346.


User currently offlineAnshuk From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2009, 486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 59443 times:



Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 20):
An-225

The ultimate! SIX holer  Wink


User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 18
Reply 22, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 57458 times:



Quoting Kappel (Reply 7):
Not to mention the new "longest aircraft in the world" stealing the crown from the a346 in that respect. Can't wait either!!

Funny when people forget to add ”passenger” to that. It happens a lot!  sarcastic 


User currently offlineVC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 2984 posts, RR: 13
Reply 23, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 55953 times:
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Is there any past evidence that once an airline actually sees an aircraft that didn't get a lot of attention during the pitch mode, start taking out their check books once they see her fly?
In other words is anyone expecting more orders of the 747-800i once she flys?



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User currently offlineReggaebird From Jamaica, joined Nov 1999, 1176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 55907 times:



Quoting Windshear (Reply 5):
Are there any pictures of the finished plane?

Boaz.

Here is one picture of the completed first ship.

http://assets.bizjournals.com/story_image/524861-0-0-1.jpg


25 VC10er : Oh gosh, I could die she is so beautiful! Why did I have to fall in love with things that cost hundreds of millions of dollars each ??
26 FlyPBA : I asked the Seattle PI's aviation reporter to check with Boeing ... he says that it is still scheduled for the 21st of January ... and definitely NOT
27 LeftWing : ... amen to that
28 2707200X : If thats true thats blearily 6 days from now, that would be like the taxi test should be held tomorrow. The new 747 when ever it taxis and makes its f
29 BlueSky1976 : Yes - and it is quite recent one: the 777-300ER. The sales were sluggish (although it did have about a handful of launch customers) until the real ai
30 Tdscanuck : They won't delay because of media scheduling...how annoyed would you be, as a customer, if they they did that? Besides, the media works Sundays. It a
31 SupraZachAir : Agreed. This whole thing about Boeing giving a crap about the day of the week due to media reasons is an a.net fallacy. The 731, 73G, 741, 742, 753,
32 Norcal773 : Actually, isn't the 77W longer than the A346?
33 VC10er : To be clear: you are saying it's a Boeing 747-8F & Boeing 747-8I ? I got the 800's wrong?
34 CX flyboy : When Cargolux got their last 747-400ERF, it was painted in a slight different scheme, they said in preparation for a new scheme to be introduced with
35 Kappel : D'oh!! Forget about that one. The 748i will be the longest pax aircraft of course. Well, not in this case, as the 748F will make it's first flight fi
36 Tdscanuck : Correct. Tom.
37 F9mechanic : That's news to me that it will fly on the 21st, and I've been working on it since FBJ. All I can say is that I can't wait till she flies, and that th
38 CCA : I'm surprised airliners doesn't have a single photo of the B748 in the database, neither do the other two for that matter.
39 Post contains links MadameConcorde : These new Boeing's definitely got wings! http://assets.bizjournals.com/story_image/524861-0-0-1.jpg As for earning the beauty prize my vote goes to th
40 Parapente : Did the Boeing tour with my son 2 weeks ago whilst on a skiing holiday.The 747 building had 3 748's that were being very actively worked on.The one ne
41 5Rivers : Can't wait to see this bird take to the sky!
42 Tdscanuck : It's parked at the extreme south end of the flightline...essentially invisible from the factory tour route. Tom.
43 CCA : So is #2 out of the hangar?
44 Petera380 : Do the line numbers for the B747-8's start with LN1 or do the LN's continue from the last B747-4? If so what is the LN for this B747-8? Peter
45 CCA : They continue so I should have used the correct LN the first 747-8 is LN 1420 the second 747-8F should be out of the hangar 6+ hours from now. (LN 142
46 F9mechanic : It made its way to stall 208 last night, really awesome to see two side by side.
47 EA772LR : I think the 748 looks much more balanced with the much larger GEnx-2B engines than the older GE CF6/PW4000/RR RB211s. The 748 is the largest, longest,
48 Manfredj : Is there a photo of this, I've looked around and found nothing?
49 PlunaCRJ : So, is the second aircraft in full Boeing colors? I suppose picturess of her will emerge shortly. Regards,
50 A10warthog : It is unpainted as of right now
51 Windshear : " target=_blank>http://assets.bizjournals.com/story_...1.jpg With four 787 type engines and an even more impressive wing shape, this could be the mos
52 Post contains links and images Revelation : Click on image or link for full sized image: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_2pgSqtbZEC...HU/qGBmqd45tU8/s1600/K64810-03.jpg
53 Post contains links CCA : Pics of #2 (LN1421) http://paineairport.com/kpae2688.htm http://paineairport.com/kpae2687.htm
54 Trigged : Looking good!! I like the engine setup on this one. They do look more proportioned to the 747 than previous engines.
55 Post contains links CCA : 747-8 Flight Test Update. http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/blogs...=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest
56 Post contains images Viscount724 : Not quite, The Convair B-36 wingspan was over 5 feet greater than the 748, 230 ft. vs. 224 ft.7 in.
57 Reality : " target=_blank>http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/blogs...gDest Good article. Thank you. ",,,,,,,,,,,,,,the first 747-8F, has yet to reach the systems g
58 Nomadd22 : It seems like I saw this somewhere, but now I can't find it. Is the first 748i Lufthansa or one of the VIPs? Probably what Tiger Woods is saying about
59 LTU932 : Notice the new flaps on the -8, which are 777 style (double slotted inboard, and single slotted outboard flaps). No more triple slotted flaps for thi
60 Speedbird128 : Looks to be a clean design What are the two white squares on the upper fuselage in the middle? Antennae?
61 VC10er : Nomadd22; FUNNY !!!!
62 RobK : RC501 still due to take to the air Jan 22 RC521 due to be airborne on Feb 19 Info current as of Friday 8th. R
63 Speedbird2263 : Best one of 2010 so far!
64 F9mechanic : It's Not going to happen, just to much still to do on it. It just went to paint last night, is due back to the stall on Friday. Once back in the stal
65 Lightsaber : Those engines are very prominent! Quite a difference vs. the CF6/PW4000/RB211 744. You know you are on a.net when that reference pops up. Yes! Well p
66 Post contains links Stitch : In related 747-8 news, Guggenheim has reduced their 747-8F order from four to two, probably due to being able to secure 747-400 freighters earlier fro
67 Petera380 : BTW,does anyone know why it called the 747-8 and not the 747-5? Just wondering?
68 Adipasqu : The same reason as the first model of the 787, 350 and 380 - the "8" is a lucky number in Asian cultures and it doesn't hurt sales to put as many of
69 Stitch : There are a number of possible reasons: Boeing actually launched the 747-500X and 747-600X and they also floated a 747-700X, so "8" is the next numbe
70 Post contains links NA : 747-8 update: http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...nes-747-8f-certification-plan.html
71 LTU932 : I did not know that they would transfer some of the 747-8's flightesting to PMD (where the L-1011 used to be built a long time ago). I knew about flig
72 ADent : FlightGlobal article says the first 747-8i is VIP and the second LH - with first VIP delivery late 2011.
73 Tdscanuck : It wasn't always planned that way. On the original schedule, the 787 should have been gone before the 747-8 got into testing, in which case they'd ju
74 PlunaCRJ : Well, I always thought that, in addition to what you said, the "8" was in direct allusion to Boeing´s new star project, the 787, from which the new
75 Ikramerica : Good for us SoCal residents. We can head over there on a sunny Saturday and enjoy some -8s.
76 Post contains links 747classic : The third 747-8F is nearing completion, the second moved to the paint hangar, see following article : http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...n-747-8-f
77 Manfredj : " target=_blank>http://www.flightglobal.com/articles....html Sorry, I'm too lazy to look throught everything does anyone know what colors the second
78 Post contains links Dan23 : The second 747-8F is now out of the paint hangar and is painted identically to RC501. Interestingly she is also painted with the same registration as
79 Frigatebird : That has to be a slip of the paintbrush, right? I'm a total layman on this, but it cannot be that there are 2 airplanes with the same reg in the air?
80 NA : Whats sense should that make? Should be illegal anway if its not a fake.
81 F9mechanic : I'ts not a fake, we were all laughing when we noticed it, it's going to be repainted.
82 Jayeshrulz : well maybe a mistake?? So what is decided....21st or further??only 4 days to go.
83 Revelation : What facilities does Boeing have at PMD? I saw in an article that Boeing has put all flight testing (military and civil) under one executive, and the
84 LTU932 : Perhaps they're using one of the old civilian facilities used by Lockheed during the L-1011 programme?
85 Tdscanuck : Not in the air at the same time...that would be a problem. But there's no inherent problem with having two painted that way, since neither has its ce
86 Anshuk : I can't wait to see these birds in the air
87 F9mechanic : It has the final gauntlet test to do, which should start towards the end of the week. I would say week to two weeks till she flies.
88 CX747 : I was asked today what the main differences between the 747-400 and 747-8 are. I know that almost 20+ years of technology/design updates has occurred
89 EA772LR : I believe while the 748 shares much with the 744 in terms of commonality, the 748 also shares a cockpit with the 787, as well as many of the systems.
90 Post contains links TropicBird : Go to this website for what you need on the aircraft. http://www.boeing.com/newairplane/747/design_highlights/
91 Post contains links DfwRevolution : It's not a 787 cockpit. Largely just some modernizations over the existing 744 cockpit: - New electronic flight bag - New flight management computer
92 Post contains links Lightsaber : That is funny! Oops! Most likely. The cockpit is updated. The main differences is the stretch New engines (GEnX-2) Reprofiled wing with new flaps (re
93 LVZXV : Jan 21st would mark exactly 40 years since the first Pan Am 747 commercial service (to LHR), correct? Perhaps Boeing is/was aiming at that date for th
94 Zeke : If it sounds too good to be true, it normally is. The max structural payload on the GE powered 744F is 122,945 kg, max structural payload on the 748F
95 Stitch : Maybe they were using the ≤385t MTOW models, which have a maximum payload of a bit under 112 tons. Though that would still be only 22 tons.
96 Post contains images Zeke : The 748F is not a 787 cockpit, it is still a relatively "dumb" cockpit, like the 744. The upgrade is more like the 737OG to 737NG, looks different bu
97 Lightsaber : Oops. slinks off to the sidelines...
98 EA772LR : Zeke is referring to the 744ERF not the 744F. So you guys are both correct really.
99 AK : Why is the "Hump" shorter than the -400's? Does it have do do with the extra length of the 8i? Just used to seeing the long hump.
100 EA772LR : The length of the hump on the 748F is the same as the hump on the 741/742 and 742F/744F. It may appear shorter because of the additional length of th
101 Post contains links and images 747classic : Finally, the first 747-8(F) picture on the A-net data base. Unable to see if the left 747-8F (RC521) has the same registration as the right 747-8F (RC
102 Dlednicer : I'll check my pictures tonight.
103 Mattcawby : Why didn't you get there at 10 AM, that one is totally backlight and you had to drive right past the No Trespassing sign to get to that spot.
104 Dlednicer : I was there at 10:30, but couldn't figure out the shot (too many light poles) and went to a meeting instead. When I was done with the meeting I went
105 Mattcawby : You have a picture of the second -8, the first one is on the left.
106 FlyNWA727 : Good to finally see up-close pics of this bird. Can't wait for the passenger version. Anyways, can someone please point out to me the advantage(s) of
107 Dlednicer : Thanks! I couldn't figure this out from the ln/cn.
108 Drerx7 : Fewer moving parts = less things to break if you will.
109 413x3 : I wonder how differently she flies. Must be a ferrari in the skies now, instead of the -400 Cadillac
110 Tdscanuck : Simpler to build and maintain, lighter, cheaper. As in all things aviation, you want the simplest setup that will do the job. Until they really got t
111 LTU932 : Besides, back in the 60's triple-slotted flaps seemed to become the norm at Boeing, since they were used on the 727 and 737. Only the 707 was the exc
112 Post contains images RobK : I thought you were supposed to be the a.net database editor ?!    The msn for your photo is 36136 and the type is a 747-8KZF. Reg will eventually b
113 CirrusDriver : Anyone have an ETD on the 21st? I am fortunate enough to be in the area that day and would love to watch the first flight!
114 Tdscanuck : 707 used very long runways and only needed single-slotted. The 727 had a requirement to get out of La Guardia, which wasn't going to happen with a hi
115 Speedbird2263 : Is it just me or are those flaps incredible close to the tarmac at full extension? I know on the previous models the extension was great but in the ne
116 YXwatcherMKE : Ok, I have spent the last hour reviewing the thread to find out if the date and time has been set for first flight of the 748F and have not fond it. H
117 Post contains images Viscount724 : The 747SP also has much simpler single-slotted flaps since that's all it needed, compared to the complex triple-slotted flaps of other 747s. The SP a
118 LTU932 : Yes, I did forget about the SP.
119 747classic : So, if i am correct : The picture is of the second 747-8F. According the data available to me this is serial number 36136, L/N 1421, RC521, 747-8KZF,
120 Zeke : No, the 744ERF with CF6-80C2B5-F engines has a max payload of around 112,763 kg, it has a lower MZFW than the 744F (around 251,744 kg). The 744F with
121 Post contains links 747classic : That's true, but than you have a MTOW reduction (limitation). You are trading MTOW against increasing the MZFW (and MLW). see : http://www.boeing.com
122 NA : I´m still irritated by this mistake. What was the guy thinking who applied the registration number? Nothing? Was he a complete ignorant not to know
123 Cc2314 : na mistakes do happen,its not the end of the world and im sure it will not take very much time to correct the error.
124 RobK : YES.
125 RobK : NO.
126 NA : Sure, and its not a grave mistake, but such in-the-face mistake is very strange. I guess the registration number is a sticker, or one sticker per let
127 Pellegrine : Beautiful curvy flaps on this thing. Like a S-class or a Maybach. Are registrations always stickers? Or only temporary registrations?
128 Jayeshrulz : So is it flying tomorrow?? Will there be a webcast?Please?? I'm eagerly waiting..
129 Stitch : Maybe the plan is to change the registration of RC521 from N747EX to something else and using N747EX on RC521? I mean it's not like the plane has to l
130 NYC777 : Rumor has it it may fly on Jan. 31st though I'm still trying to confirm.
131 F9mechanic : I was told it will fly on Feb 2nd.
132 Dlednicer : I just got a report that the registration on RC521 was being repainted this morning.
133 Tdscanuck : That he was doing what he was told. I can pretty much guarantee that the guy painting the reg on the aircraft is not the same guy assigning which air
134 CCA : 9th of Feb for first flight has a nice ring to it for obvious reasons, what do you think ?
135 Post contains links 747classic : Boeing started this morning Final Gauntlet test of 747-8F (RC501). http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/fl...oeing-confirms-start-of-747-8.html Boeing al
136 ER757 : Good news - that would make what F9Mechanic heard seem reasonable barring any hiccups
137 F9mechanic : Just seen the new reg painted on 1421 N5017Q
138 Post contains links Cosmofly : VIP ticket for first flight is $125. Seattle PI said FF is between Jan 28 - Feb 2. http://blog.seattlepi.com/airlinerep...rchives/191792.asp?from=blog
139 747classic : 9th of Feb 2010 would be a historical day. 41 years of flying the 747 would make my day !!!!
140 Jayeshrulz : " target=_blank>http://blog.seattlepi.com/airlinerep...last3 Wow, did they do that for the 787 too? and will there be a webcast? Cant wait to see thi
141 NYC777 : Guy NOrris is reporting that if gauntlet testing goes well this weekend then taxi tests should occur towards the end of next week and pending the issu
142 DefAeroSales : I'd like to see them fly it late in the day on Tuesday, Feb. 2nd so it could be seen live at the Singapore Air Show on Wednesday morning. (Ok, maybe n
143 Dlednicer : As of 1:30pm PST today, the registration on RC521 has been painted over and the aircraft has no visible registration. RC501 carries the registration N
144 F9mechanic : It's been painted on the left side of the aircraft, N5017Q is the reg.
145 Dlednicer : Makes sense - I could only see the right side of the aircraft.
146 Shaq : Let's see what is going on . The 747-8 will be flying in Feb 9th ?
147 Post contains links 747classic : The first flight of the 747-8F before the end of next week ? "Once gauntlet tests are complete, RC501 will be prepared for taxi tests and then its fir
148 Post contains links and images Dlednicer : This is why there are no pictures of RC501 in the database yet - it is parked in such a way that it would be extremely difficult to get clear pictures
149 747classic : Thanks for all the efforts you made to take a clear picture of RC501. Hopefully there are better opportunities for taking clear pictures, without clu
150 FCA767 : Here's me reading this now...I didn't even know about this...and all I've been seeing is that dreamlifter thing if that massive hump, thinking that is
151 Dynamicsguy : The final gauntlet test was apparently completed on Saturday. This was reported on Boeing News Now - the internal Boeing news site. I can't provide a
152 United787 : Huh? WTF?
153 Acabgd : Heh... I was going the same... WTF?
154 Trigged : +2 Not sure what is going on there. Latest word?
155 Post contains links 747classic : A video shot of the gauntlet tests of RC501 with the first actual movements of the elevators and the sound of the GE GEnx-2B engines and APU clearly a
156 Post contains links 747classic : In the run-up to the first flight of the 747-8, Boeing is conducting a further series of primary flight control system checks as well as a final weigh
157 GBan : How is that done?
158 Post contains images FCA767 : I remember people talking about the new 747...and then I saw pictures of the Dreamlifter 747...thinking...why does the new 747 have that big hump in
159 747classic : The aircraft is towed on several platforms (under each landing gear truck one platform) equipped with strain gauges. In this case we need 5 platforms
160 Post contains links Dan23 : 747-8F #3 (LN1422) was moved from the factory to the paint hangar last night. This photo thanks to Moonm: http://www.flickr.com/photos/moonm/431019406
161 Post contains images Acabgd : Okay, now it's clear what you meant You mean why they didn't broadcast the first flight? It didn't take off yet. The first flight is still to come (b
162 Ikramerica : I think he's asking why the Dreamlifter FF wasn't publicized in the UK? Or maybe I'm confused now too?
163 Starrion : Any news on this? Last I heard the were finishing gauntlet.
164 Tdscanuck : Dreamlifter FF didn't get much publicity anywhere in the Western world; the Dreamlifter was built in Taiwan at a non-Boeing facility and didn't come
165 YXwatcherMKE : Any word yet as to the date and time of the 747-8F's first flight? Maybe Tuesday?
166 Post contains links 747classic : Small problems found during first final gauntlet tests ? Partly "second" gauntlet testing is running on RC501, see : http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs
167 Cloudyapple : Is this the new house colour? Or have they run out of money to paint it the old way?
168 Tdscanuck : No. The livery on the 747-8F's is called "Boeing Light". As far as I can tell, the full Boeing livery is still what ZA001 is wearing. They just told
169 Cloudyapple : More like "We are so behind schedule we can't afford to spare a week to paint it properly"!
170 Stitch : I expect the full house livery will be on the first 747-8 VIP.
171 Mham001 : Of what import would the time and money be? And it is painted "properly".
172 Dynamicsguy : Boeing themselves said that time and money were the reasons for using the light livery on ZA003 - ZA006.
173 Post contains links CCA : Update from Flight Blogger http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/fl...layup-and-preflight-a-787-and.html
174 EA772LR : Good news from Flight Blogger. Thanks CCA I was not aware that RC522 was factory complete. It seems Boeing has been working pretty swiftly as of late
175 Post contains links CCA : Another update, this one from all things 787. http://nyc787.blogspot.com/2010/02/747-8f-first-flight-news.html
176 Post contains links CCA : Monday 10am the window opens! http://blog.seattlepi.com/aerospace/archives/193335.asp?source=rss With video!
177 Post contains links 747classic : IT'S OFFICIAL: 747-8F First Flight window opens Feb. 8, 10 AM. see : http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/fl...ts-official-747-8f-first-flig.html
178 Post contains links Part147 : She's being born into tough times... http://www.aviationtoday.com/regions/usa/66101.html "IATA has reported that freight traffic is improving once mor
179 Post contains links 747classic : The opportunity envelope opens at 8 February, so the 9th will be the perfect day, a historical day for the "Queen of the Sky". http://boeingblogs.com
180 WestWing : In addition to the 747-100 first flight (1969) and the 747-400 entry into service(1989), which Randy mentions in his blog entry from a year ago, ther
181 Post contains links Moderators : Please continue this discussion the the official thread at this link: Official 747-8 First Flight Thread (by Moderators Feb 4 2010 in Civil Aviation)
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