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Official 747-8 Flight Tracking Thread #2  
User currently offlinemoderators From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 513 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 3 months 22 hours ago) and read 71701 times:
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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31003 posts, RR: 86
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 months 22 hours ago) and read 71716 times:
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Cross-posted from the prior thread:

Quoting 747Classic:

Additional 747-8 Test flight info :

- RC501, after completing the largest part of the flight testing, aircraft has now "a breathing stop" and is doing ground tests/inspection/repair/maintenance/modification/upgrade, etc at BFI, expected to fly again in/after this weekend.

- RC521 proceeding with Initial nautical air mile testing (NAMS). the day before yesterday a flight of 5.17 hrs out of VCV, yesterday a flight of 9.21 hrs. has been flown.

- RC522 made four touch and go landings last Monday and then parked on the back side of the airport. It will be at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport for eight days for hot weather tests and is scheduled to make two flights, see :
http://www.air-and-space.com/20100621%20IWA%20Boeing%20747-8.htm


User currently offline747classic From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 2141 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 months 21 hours ago) and read 71655 times:

Also transferred from prior thread :

Provisional 747-8 Aircraft Production List (June 23, 2010)


L/N 1420 - 747-8R7F, RC501, serial number 35808, first test aircraft, light Boeing livery N747EX, based at KBFI.
L/N 1421 - 747-8KZF, RC521, serial number 36136, second test aircraft, light Boeing livery, N5017Q,based at KVCV.
L/N 1422 - 747-8KZF, RC522, serial number 36137, third test aircraft,light Boeing livery, N50217, now at KIWA
L/N 1423 - 747-8R7F, RC502, serial number 35806, first production aircraft for Cargolux, painted grey, KPAE flight line
L/N 1424 - 747-8R7F, RC503, serial number 35807, 4th test aircraft, new Cargolux livery, N5573S, KPAE flight line
L/N 1425 - 747-8HTF, RC541, serial number 37132, KAL Cargo #1, (leased GuAP), full livery, HL7609, KPAE flight line
L/N 1426 - 747-8HTF, RC542, serial number 37133, KAL Cargo #2, (leased GuAP), full livery, HL7610, KPAE flight line
L/N 1427 - 747-867F, RCXXX, serial number 39238, CPA/CX #1, future registration B-LJA, in assembly, slant#1 position
L/N 1428 - 747-867F, RCXXX, serial number 39239, CPA/CX #2, future registration B-LJB, in assembly, slant#2 position
L/N 1429 unk. -8F, in assembly
L/N 1430 unk. -8F, in assembly
L/N 1431 unk. -8F, in assembly
L/N 1432 unk. -8F, in assembly
L/N 1433 unk. -8F, in assembly
L/N 1434 - 747-8XX, RC001, serial number ---------, First 747-8I test aircraft, destined for a BBJ customer in Kuwait, wing assembly and section 41 assembly started.
L/N 1435 - 747-830, RC-----, serialnumber 37826 ?, second 747-8I test aircraft, destined for LH (D-ABYE ?)

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747-8F aircraft, with known serial numbers and/or registrations, but no L/N assigned yet :

- 747-8R7F, serial number 35809, RC504, registration with Cargolux LX-VCD
- 747-8KZF, serial number 36138, RC523, registration with NCA JA13KZ (thought to be L/N 1427, but moved backwards)
- 747-87UF, serial number 37562, registration with Atlas Air N850GT
- 747-87UF, serial number 37563, registration with Atlas Air N851GT
- 747-8HVF, serial number 37580, registration with AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) VQ-BGZ (Volga Dnepr Group)
- 747-867F, serial number 39240, registration with Cathay Pacific Cargo B-LJC

Some conflicting info about L/N 1427 is still present. (c/n 36138 or 39238)
Variable number RCXXX of first Cathay Pacific Cargo is still not known.
Anyone with some additional assembly line info, pls. join the discussion.

[Edited 2010-06-23 04:39:22]


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User currently offlineLaddie From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 602 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 months 12 hours ago) and read 71364 times:

Quoting 747classic (Reply 2):
Some conflicting info about L/N 1427 is still present. (c/n 36138 or 39238)
Variable number RCXXX of first Cathay Pacific Cargo is still not known.
Anyone with some additional assembly line info, pls. join the discussion.

L/N 1427 (RC551, first for Cathay) is at the factory door. It should roll out the first week in July.
L/N 1428 (RC552, second for Cathay) is at the second position. It should roll out three weeks after 1427.


User currently offline747classic From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 2141 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 70984 times:

Impressive Cross wind landing 747-8F at Grant County Rw 32R (probably RC501).

Select HD and put it on full screen, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW63vf6Sd0U&feature=related



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User currently offline747classic From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 2141 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 70644 times:

Hot weather testing of RC522 at Phoenix-Mesa-Gateway (KIWA).

During the 8 day ground stop in KIWA photographers seem to be allowed to make very high resolution photos at close range of RC522/N50217, with the initials J.A.W. (Jess A. Wallick) painted on the nose gear doors.

A lot of external cooling equipment is connected already to the avionics bay (opened hatch, just after the nose gear), and the air conditioning duct connections.

See Arizona Aviation Photographers :
http://azaerophoto.com/forum/index.p...9d86hhr62okpd0u9huqn57&topic=41.75

Double Click on the shown photos for High Resolution pics. and enjoy !!!!



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User currently offline747classic From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 2141 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 70407 times:

Quoting Stitch (Reply 1):
It will be at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport for eight days for hot weather tests and is scheduled to make two flights



The first and last (hot weather) flight of RC522 out of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway (KIWA) has been made yesterday (June 25), the flight time was 4 hours 51 minutes.
However the aircraft didn't stay for 8 days, departure was today (26th) at 10.52 MST and the destination is back to Palmdale (KPMD).
RC522 landed in Palmdale at 11.59 PDT, see http://flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE522

Below is a (linked) shot of RC522 during approach RW 30C Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport at June 25.
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1315/4734757782_850fb9fb2f_o.jpg

Original uploaded by Joe Stremph, see : http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4734757782/

On the same day, in the same circuit for RW 30C was a 747SP. Compare the difference in length between the shortest and the longest 747 variant. (747SP 56,31 meter/184ft,9 inch---------748F 76,3 meter/250ft,2 inch )

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1356/4734124893_156e58a3ef_o.jpg

Original uploaded by Joe Stremph, see : http://www.flickr.com/photos/24526864@N03/4734124893/



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User currently offlineJoeCanuck From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 5471 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 70209 times:

There is something so very cool about the SP. I love the way it looks.


What the...?
User currently offline747classic From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 2141 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 69657 times:

747-8 flight test program reaches 500 hr milestone, with a flight of RC521 from Victorville, performed last week.

Hot weather air conditioning test at Phoenix-Mesa-Gateway (KIWA) Arizona completed, initial data look well.
Certification will be done later.

see : http://boeingblogs.com/randy/archives/2010/06/hotter_than_july.html

Test connections and forced cooling into the avionics bay at RC522 in Phoenix-Mesa-Gateway (KIWA).

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1052/4725444262_a1f2645414_b.jpg

Photo original uploaded from redsox223, see http://www.flickr.com/photos/mkoffman/4725444262/sizes/o/



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User currently offline747classic From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 2141 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 69244 times:

Very rare shot of a 748F (together with a 788) in Victorville (VCV) at June 9. Not many recent 748F pictures from VCV or PMD are available on the WW-web.


View Large View Medium
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Photo © Fei Weng



The shown aircraft is the second test aircraft, N5017Q, serial number 36136, just returned the day before (June 8) from the longest 747-8F test flight up to now : 11 hours and 21 minutes.

[Edited 2010-07-02 06:06:29]


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User currently offlinefridgmus From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1442 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 69069 times:
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Quoting 747classic (Reply 8):

Pardon my ignorance, I'm not in an Aviation Field.

Are the forced cooling tubes there due to the Avionics Test Equipment and not the aircraft's regular compliment of avionics?

Thanks,

F



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User currently offline747classic From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 2141 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 68913 times:

Quoting fridgmus (Reply 10):
Are the forced cooling tubes there due to the Avionics Test Equipment and not the aircraft's regular compliment of avionics?



I have not seen any photos taken inside the avionics bay of the 747-8F test aircraft.
The majority of the test equipment is installed on the main deck, with more than enough room for it.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4035/4349577580_f5ffc2fd4d_b.jpg

Photo original uploaded by Flightblogger,
see http://www.flickr.com/photos/flightb...49577580/in/set-72157623285371429/

In normal configuration, without all the extra test equipment, the avionics cooling must be sufficient to cool all the avionics, also in extreme conditions.

However it can be possible that some additional heat generating test equipment,adapter boxes, etc. are installed in the very tight avionics bay of the test 747-8F's. Extra cooling during prolonged high temperature ground operation may than be necessary.

Maybe some other A-netters have more inside info ?



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User currently offline747classic From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 2141 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 68602 times:

Next 747-8F leaves assembly line.

L/N 1427 - 747-867F, RC551, serial number 39238, Cathay Pacific Cargo #1, future registration B-LJA,

see Matt Cawby, Paine Field Aerospace Blog :

http://kpae.blogspot.com/2010/07/paine-field-july-2.html

Very nice photo of Air Force One (V25A 82-8000) and the new 747-8F meeting each other nose to nose.



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User currently offlinebikerthai From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 2131 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 68507 times:

Quoting 747classic (Reply 11):
Extra cooling during prolonged high temperature ground operation may than be necessary.

Or perhaps the cooling tube is to provide cooling air for the technician in the EE bay?

bikerthai



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User currently offline747classic From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 2141 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 68051 times:

According FlightAware RC 521 filed a flight plan July 3 for a flight of 10 hours. Scheduled departure Victorville (VCV) at 08.30 AM PDT and arrival back in VCV at 06.30 PM. Planned route POM SXC GOATZ SHOTS D09+00 GOATZ SXC POM.

see : http://lcfmovements.blogspot.com/201...iled-flight-plan-kvcv-kvcv_03.html

Actual the flight departed with some delay at 09.29 AM, however RC521 returned after only 21 minutes, back in VCV, after some teardrops.
see FlightAware : http://boeing.flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE521

What happened ? Is this a FlightAware error or did RC521 make actually a very early return, for some technical reasons ?



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User currently offlineLaddie From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 602 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 67554 times:

Quoting 747classic (Reply 14):
Is this a FlightAware error or did RC521 make actually a very early return, for some technical reasons ?

FlightAware was correct. The flight was only about 30 minutes long due to minor mechanical glitch.


User currently offline747classic From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 2141 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 67457 times:

Quoting Laddie (Reply 15):
FlightAware was correct. The flight was only about 30 minutes long due to minor mechanical glitch



Thanks Laddy for the confirmation.

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Boeing released 3 new videos about the ground crews that maintain the test 747-8F aircraft.

The videos were made at Moses lake (KMWH) with RC501 as "leading lady".

- video #1 .........747-8F pit crews, 24/7.
- video #2..........data storage and paper work on the 747-8
- video #3..........spare parts and tools for the 747-8.

see : http://www.boeing.com/Features/2010/07/bca_pit_crew_07_06_10.html



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User currently offlinetimmydasquirrel From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 67349 times:

I am thrilled to see the newest 747 in the air.
I can't wait to see the F in full Cathay Pacific livery as well as the I in Lufthansa colors!
:grin:


User currently offline747classic From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 2141 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 67025 times:

A nice line up of all production 747-8F aircraft at KPAE, except the three (3) test aircraft.(L/N 1420 ,1421, 1422)

Starting above :

L/N 1427 - 747-867F, RC551, serial number 39238, CPA/CX #1, future registration B-LJA, unpainted

L/N 1426 - 747-8HTF, RC542, serial number 37133, KAL Cargo #2, (leased GuAP), full livery, HL7610

L/N 1425 - 747-8HTF, RC541, serial number 37132, KAL Cargo #1, (leased GuAP), full livery, HL7609

UPS 767-300ERF

L/N 1424 - 747-8R7F, RC503, serial number 35807, test aircraft #4, new Cargolux livery, N5573S.

L/N 1423 - 747-8R7F, RC502, serial number 35806, production aircraft #1 for Cargolux, painted grey.

China Cargo 777F

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4118/4768069175_7d4791ec3c_b.jpg


Original uploaded by Volantus, see :
http://www.flickr.com/photos/5179109.../sizes/l/in/set-72157624311917171/

[Edited 2010-07-07 08:35:57]


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User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10736 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 66959 times:

747Classic,
thanks for posting that nice pic. Will the CX plane go to the painters this month?
What a tiny airplane the 767 is in this family photo! And how bland and boring the BA773 to the right is looking opposite of the new Queens of the skies.

Btw, as Fanborough is approaching are there any news wether a 748F might be there, beside me 


User currently offlineDrewski2112 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 66945 times:

Would anyone happen to know the status of RC501? It's been parked at BFI for about three weeks now.

User currently offline747classic From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 2141 posts, RR: 14
Reply 21, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 66840 times:

Quoting na (Reply 19):
Will the CX plane go to the painters this month?



According Matt Cawby the VC25A is now in the paint hangar (I don't know what they do, the exterior of 82-8000 looked perfect when it arrived at KPAE.
"The airplane has been defueled and the rudder will probably be removed for painting before 82-8000 is moved to the paint hangar."according Matt Cawby, see http://kpae.blogspot.com/2010/07/paine-field-july-2.html

Quoting Drewski2112 (Reply 20):
Would anyone happen to know the status of RC501? It's been parked at BFI for about three weeks now.



It's still in post flight lay-up (modifications, recalibrating, etc) and/or performing ground tests. Shortage of ground crew at Boeing Field due extra 787 tail inspections may have extended the scheduled lay-up by a few days.
But also the 787 test aircraft are regularly grounded for several weeks for post test flight lay-ups and RC501 performed almost half of the total flight testing.

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After watching all the production 747-8F aircraft until now in one picture, the following question remains open :

What will be the next 747-8F aircraft on the assembly line, after L/N 1428, scheduled to roll-out in three weeks time.

Only L/N 1428 - 747-867F, RC552, serial number 39239, CPA/CX #2, future registration B-LJB, in assembly, slant#1 position, is known, up to now.

All following Line Numbers remain a mystery.



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User currently offlineLaddie From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 602 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 66418 times:

Quoting na (Reply 19):
Btw, as Fanborough is approaching are there any news wether a 748F might be there, beside me

No 747-8s will be at Farnborough, darn it. It's "All hands on deck" (so to speak) for the final four months of Flight Testing.


User currently offlineLaddie From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 602 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 66420 times:

Quoting Laddie (Reply 22):
All following Line Numbers remain a mystery.

Mystery? One would expect 1429 to follow 1428, then 1430, etc.  

Seriously, 1429 is in slant #2. 1430 loads into Final Body Join next week.


User currently offlineUAEflyer From United Arab Emirates, joined Nov 2006, 1084 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 66307 times:

When would EK skycargo 748F be ready ??
Hope to see them soon, they would look best in EK livery.


25 kanban : the plane is not here for paint, but for maintenance and mod work. The paint hanger is the only building that can ensure controlled access besides th
26 747classic : You know what I mean : what are the serial numbers and airlines allocated for the L/N 1429, 1430 , etc. Nothing is officially known about the 747-8F
27 kanban : line numbers are simply sequential... and are built and roll out in that order unless a late major component delays it or a change of customer (I can
28 747classic : So, what's against publishing the aircraft identity (Boeing Customer Code) if the aircraft is in an advanced stage of assembly, like L/N 1429 (slant
29 kanban : they like to keep the flexibility ... can you imagine the A.net chaos every-time there was a swap.. also some customers are never identified publicly
30 timmydasquirrel : 747classic, Nice photo of those 748s all together! Thanks for posting.[Edited 2010-07-08 18:46:21]
31 Post contains links and images 747classic : 747-8F Flight Test Update (July 12) : - RC501 (test aircraft #1) is now one month on the ground at KBFI (post flight lay-up), last flight Jun 12. - RC
32 Post contains links 747classic : The above mentioned article was published in Flight International, issue 13-19 July, pag 128 and 129 and just released here : http://www.flightglobal
33 Post contains links and images 747classic : RC501 (call sign BOE501) performed the first flight at July 13th, after 1 month on the ground at BFI. Together with Korean B777-300ER, HL8210 (callsi
34 Laddie : RC501 just departed BFI to the north at 1157. Flight Aware says it is scheduled to land this afternoon at MWH.
35 Post contains links zeke : In this thread Boeing To Offer NewGen 767-based Refueling Tanker‎ (by yazoo Mar 4 2010 in Military Aviation & Space Flight) in MILAV the followi
36 Post contains links 747classic : According Flightblogger RC503 is scheduled for flight tests in La Paz, but later in the flight test program. see : http://www.flightglobal.com/articl
37 Laddie : The A.net member must have misread the Flight Blogger news and thought that RC503 already went to La Paz. RC503 hasn't even made its first flight yet
38 Laddie : First flight for RC503 hoped to be Thursday, July 22 (finally!). Then it heads to KMZJ for the first round of HIRF testing.
39 Post contains links 747classic : That's good news, we will see what happens tomorrow. RC501/ N747EX is building momentum (flight hours) with daily flights out of Moses Lake (MWH). RC
40 Post contains links 747classic : 747-8F : The entry into service could slip into 2011. - The sum of three main issues, including two more recent ones, have eaten Boeing's remaining fl
41 Post contains links 747classic : RC503/N5573S departed at 01.15 UTC from RW 34L at KPAE for a filed flight to Grant county (KMWH), but returned to KPAE at 04.14 UTC. Thereafter perfo
42 Post contains links and images 747classic : Good news for the 747-8 programme. FAA certifies General Electric GEnx-2B engine, as fitted to the 747-8 series, see : http://www.geae.com/aboutgeae/p
43 CCA : What's the latest at the flightline, is CX's painted yet or is the second CX -8F out of the hangar?
44 Post contains links 747classic : Not yet painted, it's still unpainted at the flight line, see latest flight line photo, dated July 22 (look at the RH side) : http://www.flickr.com/p
45 Post contains links 747classic : 747-8F Flight Progress and Production update (3 items) : - First Pictures of first flight of RC503 (fourth test 747-8F aircraft) available here : http
46 tdscanuck : Why remarkable? The thing is many months from deliver, it's not unusual that the airline manuals aren't complete yet (that's all "Instructions For Co
47 Post contains links 747classic : I meant remarkable, because the GEnx-1B for the 787 has no remark regarding "Instructions for continuous operation", despite the fact that this re-ce
48 tdscanuck : Right, but the GEnX-1B was supposed to be in service several years ago...it would be pretty shocking if they hadn't finished the ICA's by now. The 74
49 Stitch : I would think GE having to effectively re-design the front third of the GEnx-1B (through the first PiP) would have delayed the completion of the maint
50 747classic : I agree, but still one year behind schedule, more than enough to finish your paperwork. It caught my eye, I would have waited with the GEnx-2B certif
51 Post contains links Dan23 : 747-867F LN1428 has been towed out of the factory and it looks as though the next in line is LN1429 for Atlas Air: http://paineairport.com/kpae3059.ht
52 Post contains links and images 747classic : 747-8F flight test pace is increasing. Yesterday (July 25) three 747-8F test aircraft were airborne simultaneously. RC501/N747EX performed a test flig
53 Post contains links 747classic : Arizona, another Queen is approaching....... RC503/N5573S departed Paine Field (PAE) at 13.02 PDT, destination Pinal Airpark (MZJ). ETA 16.06 MST. Sch
54 Post contains links 747classic : Taxi-out (photo) and T/O at PAE (HD-video) of RC503 to Marana - Pinal Airpark (MZJ) can be seen at the Matt Cawby blog : http://kpae.blogspot.com/2010
55 Post contains images propilot83 : Can wait until the 747-8 Intercontinental passenger version comes out soon out of the assembly hanger, its going to be beautiful, and I mean fantastic
56 Laddie : The first Intercontinental is progressing smoothly through Final Assembly. It should emerge from the factory by mid-December.
57 Laddie : I believe 1429 is for Atlas Air, and 1430 is for Volga-Dnepr. 1429 should emerge from the factory in mid-August, and 1430 in the first week of Septem
58 747classic : Is the first 747-8 Intercontinental still scheduled as L/N 1434 ? L/N 1430 must than be 747-8HVF, serial number 37580, registration with AirBridgeCar
59 Laddie : I believe so, yes.
60 kanban : ???? doesn't the 747-8i need to go through a flight test regime first?[Edited 2010-07-29 08:43:33]
61 Post contains images Laddie : Oops. My mistake. Factory roll-out is in mid-January. Delivery will be after the Intercontinental flight test. Thanks for waking me up, kanban.
62 Post contains links and images 747classic : July 28th and 29th no flight tests were performed, according FlightAware. HIRF ground testing proceeding with RC503. All other aircraft in post flight
63 Post contains links Laddie : RC503 will be there for about a week, so there should be plenty of opportunity for the photogs to get some good photos. Hopefully, then airplane won'
64 srbmod : Just a friendly reminder, this thread is for posts related to tracking test flights of the 747-8. If your post is about your opinion of a livery of a
65 Post contains links and images 747classic : The information presented below is an unofficial summary of the 747-8 assembly program status. The information presented here is from publicly availab
66 Post contains images na : 747classic, have I already said thank you for your constant updates? Great work, highly appreciated. I wonder, if we can expect a new livery being int
67 Post contains links and images 747classic : RC503/N5573S is airborne at 09.50 MST from Marana-Pinal Airpark (KMZJ) and has filed a flight plan back to Paine Field (KPAE), ETA 12.38 PDT. (flight
68 Post contains links 747classic : After some circuits along the west coast RC503 landed finally at Paine Field at 14.06 PDT. Matt Cawby recorded the landing (HD video) : http://kpae.bl
69 Post contains links and images 747classic : RC521/N5017Q is performing flight testing from Palmdale, very few pictures are available from this location. Note the unpainted nose cowl of engine #4
70 747classic : Again 3 test 747-8F aircraft (75% of the fleet) in the air at the same time on August 6. RC501/N747EX , 4 hours, 8 minutes KMWH-KMWH RC521/N5017Q, 8 h
71 Laddie : A 747-400 flew into KBFI Friday morning, and is parked at the north end of the Boeing flight line. I don't think Boeing needs to convert a fifth 747-4
72 747classic : According FlightAware (call sign BOE 573) the 744 aircraft came from Incheon Intl (RKSI/ICN) , via Anchorage, and landed at 11.56 PDT at KBFI. Is the
73 Post contains links CCA : First CX -8F is in being painted. Rumour of a slight mod to the paint job. (CX source). http://paineairport.com/kpae3092.htm
74 na : I think there were one or two Blue Air/ex-UA 744s stored at Inchon for some time. Maybe its one of them? Interesting.
75 Laddie : It is a Korean Air paint job. The colors are there, but the printing has been masked over. I can just make out the KAL logo on the vertical tail (ver
76 United787 : Any chance we might see the 748F at the Chicago Air & Water Show?
77 Stitch : They need all four planes in flight test right now, so unless they have a test that would fit flying to ORD and back, I don't see it happening.
78 747classic : Why not use RC 521 out of Palmdale? This aircraft is fully instrumented for NAMS testing and has performed the majority of the long distance flights
79 tdscanuck : In what way are those "standby" aircraft? They're just as dedicated to flight testing as the rest of them...the fleet is so overconstrained they alre
80 Post contains images 747classic : In case of the Farnborough show it would have cost you some extra flight test days (you are probably not able to fly the stretch PMD-PMD via Farnboro
81 Post contains links 747classic : To be back on topic : Cargolux RC503 just airborne from Paine field and heading for Palmdale, ETA around noon. See : http://flightaware.com/live/fligh
82 tdscanuck : To do a low flyover in the US, like what they did at Seafair last weekend, you need an exhibition ticket. That's mutually exclusive to an R&D tic
83 Post contains links and images 747classic : Tom, if it's legally not permitted to fly both a test flight and a low flyover in one stretch, you can use your creativity to operate according the r
84 Post contains links Laddie : I believe FlightBlogger said RC503 is going to be at KPMD for HIRF (High Intensity Radiated Field) and/or lightning testing for a week or so. http://
85 tdscanuck : The problem you're missing is that it's not just the flights that are mutually exclusive, it's the *experimental ticket* itself. It's a different pie
86 pnwtraveler : And adding on to the above that Tdscanuck is saying, is the fact that every hour in the air requires many hours on the ground. Recalibrating of sensor
87 747classic : Thanks, For the further clarification of all the "red tape" and the extra airplane hours that are required to operate a R&D aircraft on an air sh
88 KPDX : Is the 748i even close to being fully completed on the assembly line? Even a general shape? If so, does anyone have pics?
89 tdscanuck : Sorry about that, I wasn't very clear. For all other types of experimental ticket endorsement I'm aware of (training, market survey, demonstration, R
90 Post contains links 747classic : On the assembly line the following positions are occupied : Slant position 1 : L/N 1429 Atlas Air 747-87UF Slant position 2 : L/N 1430 AirBridgeCargo
91 Post contains links na : According to http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/regdb.main?LC=nav4&page=3 its former HL7412/HL7479, a BCF. Maybe a trade-in for the new 748F waiting
92 EA772LR : Good grief, look how small that guy is below the nose of RC501...what a beast the 748 is.
93 Post contains links and images KPDX : Ok, so maybe this is almost pointless to post, but I thought it was cool. I was flying over MWH at about FL320 in a AS 739 to ORD from SEA, and caught
94 747classic : You mean the aircraft on the small RW 14R/32L (looks like a taxiway from this height), taxiing towards RW 14L, can you provide date and time (PDT). W
95 WarpSpeed : Perfectly acceptable for a tracking post. I'll be on an ORD/SEA flight next month and will be on the look out! Thanks![Edited 2010-08-12 10:19:00]
96 Post contains links KPDX : July 26th at around 1:15 PM PDT. I looked on Flightaware when I arrived in ORD, and found it, but now I can't seem to find it. Could it have been par
97 747classic : July 26, than it must be RC501/N747EX. RC521 and RC522 were stationed in California at that date. RC503 made a short stop in MWH on July 25 from PAE
98 Laddie : Interesting idea. KAL does have five 747-8Fs on order. Company sources say that the 747-400BCF will be part of the Flight Test fleet for the next cou
99 Post contains links and images 747classic : Photos of 747-8F test Aircraft in post flight maintenance or ground testing in Palmdale are very rare. By luck I found these two very recent pictures
100 tdscanuck : It's not HIRF testing, at least not in that photo. You don't park anything, especially that giant truck, that close to an airplane doing HIRF testing
101 Post contains links 747classic : Roll-out new 747-8F for Atlas Air ? L/N 1429 seems to have left the slant #1 position in building 40-22 in Everett. Observed on the Boeing Everett Fli
102 Post contains links and images vv701 : Three of the Atlas Air 747-8Fs are destined for dry lease to Global Supply Systems for wet lease to BA World Cargo: http://www.baworldcargo.com/news/p
103 747classic : Could be, but personally I expect that the first one is earmarked to show the Atlas Air livery, for PR reasons. Remarkable is that both rudders of L/
104 Post contains images jpj777 : Is it me or is RC521 smiling at us in the above picture?? (it must have known its picture was being taken)
105 CCA : How long does it usually take to paint an A/C, the CX jet has been in the 45-04 paint hangar since the night of the 8th.
106 747classic : The information presented below is an unofficial summary of the 747-8 assembly program status. The information presented here is from publicly availab
107 Post contains links 747classic : 747-8F Flight test update RC521/N5017Q made a test flight from Palmdale to Victorville at Aug 14th. Position/hour/cycle update until/incl. Aug 14th. :
108 MakeMinesLAX : This passed over our house on its way out to the Pacific Ocean. By chance, I noticed an aircraft following an unusual high-altitude path across the L
109 Post contains links 747classic : A first glance, between the slightly opened hangar doors of building 40-22, of the wing and engine pylon of L/N 1430, 747-8HVF, serial number 37580, A
110 F9Mechanic : I believe the RC numbers will be L/N 1429 RC571, L/N 1430 RC601 and L/N 1435 RC021.
111 Post contains links 747classic : B-LJB, the second produced Cathay Pacific Cargo (L/N 1428) came out of the paint hangar at August 16. I thought (wrongly) that B-LJA would have paint
112 CX flyboy : B-LJA might have some special titles...maybe they want to hide them for as long as possible?
113 Post contains links 747classic : According FlightAware RC522 has departed Aug 17th from Moses Lake (KMWH) and has landed at Wokal Field/Glasgow Intl. in Montana (KGGW). Earlier a flig
114 Post contains links 747classic : B-LJA (L/N 1427) is still unpainted at the KPAE flight line, see Everett flight line video (elapsed time 0.45 - 0.59 sec's) from skylinephotopae (Mat
115 Post contains links and images 747classic : According the latest info, L/N 1429 should emerge on Friday (Aug 20th) from the paint hangar in full Atlas Air livery (or maybe in a livery for Global
116 vv701 : I'm hoping it will be in full British Airways colours with "British Airways World Cargo" titles.
117 Post contains links 747classic : Again a new destination for the 747-8F test fleet. RC521/N5017Q is heading your way, Colorado Springs (KCOS), for a series of high-field-elevation tes
118 laxboeingman : Why would Boeing choose those airports for the flight. Is it so they would not be getting involved with commercial airports and flights. Also, can a 7
119 Stitch : Because they provide the necessary environmental conditions or field length necessary to perform the required tests.
120 laxboeingman : Thank you. I did not realize those airports are what Boeing is looking for.
121 tdscanuck : The typical chain for choosing a test airport is: 1) What airport meets the test requirements? 2) Of those, which airports can handle the requirement
122 Post contains links and images 747classic : Dark times ahead for the 747-8F test programme ? Original uploaded by Seattle Skipatrol, for fair downloads of larger sizes, see : http://www.flickr.c
123 Post contains links and images 747classic : On the following links you can see two hi-res pictures of the approach and taxi-in of RC521/N5017Q at Colorado Springs (KCOS) on Aug.20th. Original up
124 Post contains links 747classic : Sunday morning (Aug 22th) , at 09.37 MDT RC521 departed from Colorado Springs (KCOS), back to Moses Lake (KMWH) this time, see : http://boeing.flighta
125 Post contains links 747classic : RC521/N5017Q made a T/O from Victorville with a weight of 1,005,000 pounds. see Boeing feature story + Video : http://www.boeing.com/Features/2010/08/
126 kanban : so what was the landing weight? that's got to be huge also
127 BoeEngr : The landing weight was about 875,000 pounds (396,900 kg).
128 747classic : According the same article : After a four-hour flight, Capt. Stemer and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's Capt. Bob Stoney landed RC521 safe
129 Post contains links vv701 : It looks like it was rolled out in Basic British Airways livery - white upper fuselage and tail, dark blue lower fuselage and engines: http://www.air
130 Laddie : The airplane landed at a weight well over it's "max" landing weight, but the story is that the landing was so smooth that no post-flight inspection o
131 Post contains links and images 747classic : Shall the 747-8F test program overtake the 787 program, seen the latest delays, caused (among other issues) by the recent RR Trent 1000 engine inciden
132 Post contains links 747classic : Just waking up, after typing yesterday my last last reply in this thread, the 747-8F program leadership seems to be replaced, I don't know what to thi
133 Stitch : So far the Trent 1000 IPT does not seem to be a Flight Safety issue 1500 hours in on the 787 test fleet. They might be pushing him aside for the desi
134 Post contains images ER757 : I don't know what to think either, but you generally don't replace management teams if they are doing a good job. At the very least, I think it's a p
135 Post contains links 747classic : RC522/N50217 has completed the (noise) tests in Glasgow Industrial Airport (07MT) and is now again heading for Phoenix-Mesa Gateway (KIWA). see : http
136 pnwtraveler : The key to whether this is indeed a shakeup is where people land afterwards. We will see in time what the special assignment is in this case. If it is
137 Post contains links 747classic : According Matt Cawby, L/N 1430, 747-8HVF, RC601, serial number 37580, AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) #1, future registration VQ-BGZ (Volga Dnepr Group)
138 JoeCanuck : Why aren't more 748's being used in flight testing? I would think that might speed things along a bit. Perhaps the hassle of setting them up for instr
139 Post contains links and images 747classic : Approach of RC522 into Phoenix-Mesa Gateway ("Willie") Airport on Aug 28th. Original uploaded by BillOz, see for more recent 747-8F Arizona Aviation P
140 Post contains links 4holer : Flight from Mesa planned today... http://flightaware.com/live/flight/B...2/history/20100831/2300Z/KIWA/KIWA
141 Post contains links and images 747classic : 747-8F Flight test update : - RC501 performs daily flutter testing from Moses Lake to solve the 2 current issues. - RC521 is heading today (flight pla
142 Post contains links FATFlyer : Just thought I'd share a few news articles appearing around Fresno today. Looks like it moves here in October. Fresno airport to host Boeing 747 testi
143 747classic : "Testing, scheduled to begin in early October and continue over several months, will consist of the Freighter and a 747-400 reference airplane making
144 atcsundevil : It was still out there as of 5pm (PST) today -- came in on Saturday. Last time it was here it came for about a week, so this time may be similar. I w
145 4holer : Was at San Tan Mall and saw it flyiing towards the east. Managed to say "Hey!" before I remembered that my girlfriend was with me and I'd better not
146 Post contains links and images 747classic : RC522 made a test flight on September 1 from"Willie" to the east and returned a few hours ago, see : http://boeing.flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE522
147 atcsundevil : Lucky for me my girlfriend already knows I'm an airplane dork. I saw it last night around 8:45pm flying right over my car near my house (Ocotillo and
148 Post contains links 747classic : Here are 6 awful RC522 pictures of the T/O and initial climb from Mesa on September 1. : http://azaerophoto.com/forum/index.p...6krroh2&topic=12.m
149 Post contains images SeJoWa : Holy schmoly! I've never seen her looking so good! (Queue ecstatic chatter and delirious smiles!) Thank you for posting the link!
150 Post contains images ea772lr : The last photo of the takeoff, nose gear up, MLG almost all the way...absolutely stunningly looking airplane. Thanks 747classic for all the photos an
151 Rheinbote : That's the modern business way of keeping your own inventory cost low while screwing your risk sharing "partners".
152 kanban : wrong!.... first Boeing does not buy the engines, the customer does. so delaying installation is to the customers benefit. Secondly, the suppliers kn
153 Post contains links clickhappy : Here is a shot of 503 returning to KPAE this afternoon http://www.flickr.com/photos/royalscottking/4953131972/
154 Post contains links and images 747classic : It was a very busy day for the 747-8F program yesterday. AFAIK for the first time, all 4 test aircraft were airborne on the same day, September 2. RC5
155 pnwtraveler : Still a very graceful machine. The shot in the first of Matt's videos, with the 748 rolling out and Rainier in the background is stunning. Can't wait
156 tdscanuck : They parked overnight in Yuma just north of ZA003 (that was already there), then did two takeoffs and headed "home." I suspect they were chasing temp
157 4holer : Which is why I'm surprised that 522 left Gateway when it did. It's going to be over 110F here.
158 Rheinbote : Yeah, that's the theory on JIT in commodity business. Engine manufacturing is long-lead. Rolls is hopefully sitting on a pool of engines by now, othe
159 Post contains links 747classic : The first Cathay Pacific Cargo 747-8F (L/N 1427, B-LJA) left the paint hangar in a special "Hong Kong Trader" livery, see : http://paineairport.com/kp
160 ER757 : Nice - a little something different for the new model. Hope more carriers do this. Looking forward to seeing what Volga come up with.
161 Laddie : I think there is some confusion here. Isn't the unpainted 1430 on the flight line, parked next to 1429?
162 Post contains links 747classic : I think you are right, the unpainted tail and hump of L/N 1430 can be seen on this Boeing Everett flight line video at 1.15 minutes elapsed time : ht
163 Post contains links and images 747classic : The information presented below is an unofficial summary of the 747-8 assembly program status. The information presented here is from publicly availab
164 Post contains links and images 747classic : Here is the first picture of L/N 1430 - 747-8HVF, RC601, serial number 37580, AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) #1, future registration VQ-BGZ (Volga Dnep
165 Post contains images Stitch : You might consider starting a 747-8 (and 787?) production thread like the A380 has...
166 Post contains links 747classic : I started to participate in this thread because of the totally insufficient and out-dated info, that Boeing provided about the 747-8 flight test prog
167 kanban : I would concur with you on that, and why not make the conversion now.. this thread is getting pretty long. I'm sure the moderators would concur. Anot
168 Post contains links 747classic : Boeing just released a video of the first forward fuselage of the 747-8 Intercontinental : http://www.twitvid.com/QSS2K
169 vv701 : I believe that registration G-GSSD is reserved. Is L/N 1432 - 747-87UF, RC572, serial number 37563 also destined for lease to GSS/BA World Cargo? If
170 Post contains links and images 747classic : Thanks, vv701 for this latest addition. No facts (or rumours) about the livery of the the second Atlas Air up to now. -------------------------------
171 Rheinbote : Which one was used to explore the in-flight 'vibration issue' in early September?
172 ER757 : Where was that photo taken from? I'd have to guess the tower above the Museum of Flight at BFI
173 747classic : AFAIK RC501/N747EX performed flutter and wing twist flight tests until September 11th, see also reply 141 at Augustus 31th. At the moment in post-fli
174 tdscanuck : That photo is taken from the east side of the runway, looking west, so it can't be the BFI tower or the Museum of Flight. It looks like it was taken
175 Laddie : Ernest Arvai reports this on 16 September: "The 747-8 has additional problems of its own, as severe flutter has emerged during flight testing. We unde
176 ER757 : This has been mentioned previously, haven't heard though whether something as drastic as re-positioning an engine will be required. I'd think a 12-mo
177 Post contains images Rheinbote : Moving the engines would probably entail a redesign of the pylon and the wing/pylon interface. That would be the last option taken into consideration
178 Post contains links and images 747classic : RC501/N747EX is scheduled today to proceed with the flutter flight testing, hopefully this very serious flutter problem will be resolved soon. Also t
179 Post contains links 747classic : Here is the first photo of the aft fuselage of the first 747-8 Intercontinental (L/N 1434 for a BBJ customer). See : http://twitpic.com/2pbv4j The 747
180 Post contains images frigatebird : If this repositioning of the engine really is the only solution, I would expect production to be halted for a while, or at least the delivery of suba
181 Laddie : That is correct. 1431 is currently in the slant position nearest the factory door, and 1432 (for Atlas Air) is in the second slant position. 1431 sho
182 Post contains links 747classic : This video of the aft fuselage of the first 747-8 Intercontinental (L/N 1434) is just released by Boeing : http://www.twitvid.com/CUV9V[Edited 2010-09
183 Post contains links 747classic : For the real 747-8 Intercontinental fans, another high resolution view of the aft fuselage of the first 747-8 : http://twitpic.com/2qrfbq/full
184 simpilot459 : just drove by on my way home, and they were towing it out.
185 Post contains links 747classic : L/N 1431 - 747-8KZF, RC523, serial number 36138, NCA #3, future registration JA13KZ, emerged from the factory exactly according plan at September 22.
186 CCA : So when are Boeing going to announce the 6 month delay? I don't expect the first delivery till 2Q 2011.
187 747classic : I expected something like this would pop up one of these days, seen the present flight test progress. Did Cathay already get the message from Boeing,
188 CCA : No, no message I'm aware of just seems to be Boeings way these days, no news, lots of rumors and eventually the announcement.
189 Laddie : The 747s are emerging on a three-week cycle. Look for the first 747-8 Intercontinental (L/N 1434) on or about 13 December. The super-stretched upper
190 tdscanuck : How else could it be? Until there's news, there's no news (by definition). And until there's news, everything from any other source is a rumour. Tom.
191 CCA : The point being the rumors are so old when Boeing announces the news it's not news, just come out and admit it and not let rumors drag out the bad new
192 747classic : Tom , I agree with CCA in this respect. If rumours are valid, it's better to give a well documented statement of the real problem that causes a possib
193 Post contains links FATFlyer : Test flights start at FAT next week. First Fresno flight is currently scheduled for Monday September 27 at 11 am. http://www.thebusinessjournal.com/tr
194 Post contains links and images 747classic : According above mentioned article RC503/N5573S will do the testing in Fresno (FAT). It will be a one to one (noise) test with a 747-400BCF reference p
195 FWI747 : According to Boeing's New Airplanes / flight test overview page, wake vortex tests were to be conducted with RC501, now did they switched to RC503 des
196 Post contains links 747classic : Correction : RC522 just departed from Palmdale (PMD) and is heading towards Fresno Yosemite Intl. ( FAT ). ------------------------------------------
197 isitsafenow : My son just got back from Everett and BFI. He say BOE503 was to fly Friday but after being towed out and then sitting for almost an hour he heard the
198 Post contains links clickhappy : Yesterday was a busy day at Moses Lake. While recording 501 on Kodachrome, 522 flew up from Palmdale. There are a couple of pictures on my Flickr page
199 Post contains links 747classic : One to one (747-400BCF versus 747-8F) flight testing is starting. RC503 departed for Fresno ( FAT) from PAE , ETA around 11.00 am , see : http://boein
200 Laddie : Welcome to the Wacky World of Flight Testing! The flight portion of the test was canceled and ground testing was conducted instead. I can't tell you
201 Post contains links 747classic : Both RC503 and N798BA performed several approaches into Fresno ( FAT), see : http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/video?id=7690886 After testing both aircraft
202 Post contains links and images 747classic : First 747-8F Delivery later than scheduled ? Boeing has already pushed projected first delivery of the 787 to the middle of the first quarter of 2011
203 Laddie : Thanks for the photos of the old KAL 744 at Fresno. I was confused by press reports that said the airplane was in Boeing blue & white livery as I
204 Post contains links 747classic : 747-8F Flight Test : According the following article from Flightblogger (Jon Ostrower) the two remaining issues seem to have been addressed by Boeing
205 Post contains links CCA : Here it comes, 3 - 10 month delay. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-0...delay-may-extend-to-two-years.html Looks like 6 months being the best bet.
206 747classic : If the "outboard aileron modal suppression system" passes the flight tests, I anticipate a delay of 3-4 months, seen the additional flight test time
207 Post contains links Someone83 : http://boeing.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=1448 Official from Boeing. EIS is delayed until mid-2011 and 5th 747-8F is added to the test fleet
208 Post contains links mdword1959 : No change to 747-8I schedule despite freighter slip http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...hedule-despite-freighter-slip.html
209 747classic : Very disappointing, so it takes more time to resolve all the 747-8F flight test discoveries. Open questions : - Any info about the 5th 747-8F test ai
210 Post contains images mdword1959 : One thing is for certain, the ramp at BCA's flight-test center at Boeing Field will be crowded for the foreseeable future. [Edited 2010-09-30 08:32:1
211 Laddie : I believe RC502 (L/N 1423, for CLX) will join the flight test fleet. She is currently parked in the far SE corner of the Everett flight line.
212 Post contains images mdword1959 : Space on the the Everett ramps has definitely gotten very tight in the last six months with all the 748 & 787 production aircraft in storage afte
213 Post contains links 747classic : Boeing's jumbo-jet delays worry outside engineering experts. Here are some high-lights from an article in the Seattle Times. - there seems to be a fun
214 Stitch : I think some things you just cannot accurately model on a small scale in the wind tunnel or virtualy in CFD due to the inability to create the exact c
215 747classic : I fully agree with you on this point, that's why we have the flight test program to verify the results, obtained in the wind tunnel (or virtual in CF
216 tdscanuck : It's probably not the preferred solution, but there's nothing technically wrong with it. Presumably they've tested to determine if it can actually de
217 Stitch : Another issue is lifecycle. When Boeing launched the 747-100, she was the start of a line they expected/hoped to solider on for decades, so you spend
218 mdword1959 : Certainly not in terms of being in production for decades, as a passenger carrier Boeing thought the 747 would quickly be supplanted by SSTs and rele
219 Post contains links and images 747classic : As already pointed out by mdword1959 : History tells us that the original 747 was designed as a stop gap until the SST would emerge. After introducti
220 Post contains links and images 747classic : Correction ; #2---------RC521/N5017Q flew yesterday from Glasgow Industrial ( 07MT ) to Great Falls ( KGTF ) and back again. See : http://www.krtv.com
221 Post contains links and images 747classic : Wake Vortex Trails are proceeding. After the U-turn the FAA made after prematurely declaring a 10 Nm separation limit ruling for the 747-8 (and 787) ,
222 Post contains links 747classic : Attention : the call sign for the reference 747-400BCF airplane N798BA, used in the wake vortex trails at Fresno, has changed from BOE573 into BOE794
223 na : Has ln.1430 (first Air Bridge Cargo 748F) been painted already? The second Atlas freighter should be rolled out any day as well.
224 Post contains links and images 747classic : No, according this screenshot (time 3.38 minutes) of the latest available HD video of the Everett Paine Field Flightline (October 9), original upload
225 Post contains links and images mdword1959 : Matt Cawby (KPAE Blog) has also recently reported that 747-8Fs and 787s will be parked on the outer terminal ramp near the FAA tower in October, and 7
226 Post contains links 747classic : New video of water spray testing of RC521 released by Boeing : http://www.boeing.com/Features/2010/10/bca_water_spray_10_11_10.html
227 Post contains links and images 747classic : First view (screenshot) of the LH wing of the first 747-8 Intercontinental for Lufthansa, L/N 1435 (- see top of picture- enclosed by white line) , in
228 Laddie : That is indeed L/N 1432 on the flight line. It rolled out of the factory on 12 October. I have been told it will get its paint job the first week in
229 Post contains links and images 747classic : First picture of the joining of the major fuselage sections of the 747-8 Intercontinental : http://twitpic.com/2xs54s Original uploaded by BoeingAirpl
230 Post contains links 747classic : Also the video of the joining of the first 747-8 Intercontinental is on line now : http://www.boeing.com/Features/2010/10/bca_joining_1st_747-8.html
231 United787 : Now that is a photo I have been waiting to see!
232 747classic : 747-8 aircraft presently on the assembly line : L/N 1433, 747-867F, RC553, serial number 39240, Cathay #3, future registration B-LJC, assembly, slant
233 Post contains links and images 747classic : 747-8F Flight Test Update: Wake vortex tests completed? RC503 has departed yesterday from San Bernadino, back to Paine Field ( PAE ). The reference te
234 747classic : Flightblogger via Twitter : - Boeing 747-8 F flight test has passed the 1000 hrs milestone : 1088h and 414 landings.
235 simpilot459 : You sure ln1436 is a -8I? It's been several weeks since I saw the firing order or was in the factory, but I thought that after the first two test fra
236 Laddie : L/N 1436 is a -8F for Cargolux.
237 747classic : No, not 100%, L/N 1436 was mentioned as an Intercontinental in an article a while ago (July 2010). and was addded for the first time in the provision
238 747classic : Provisional 747-8 Aircraft Production List (Oct-20-2010) COMPLETED Aircraft (* = no engines installed) L/N 1420 - 747-8R7F, RC501, c/n 35808, test air
239 na : Thats pretty quick for a VVIP-Jumbo Jet nowadays. The "new" 744 for the Saudi King is outfitting at Basel since full 4 years (!), and has made its fi
240 Post contains links 747classic : RC501/N747EX was flown yesterday to Edwards AFB. ( KEDW ), see : http://boeing.flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE501 What kind of tests are scheduled ?[E
241 Laddie : Probably Vmu testing. The 787 finished with the EDW runway, so now it's the 747-8F's turn. Let's hope Boeing releases some dramatic photos and/or vid
242 Post contains links 747classic : FAA issues a requirement to stay 10 Nm behind 747-8 aircraft. Again (after a false start, a few weeks ago) the FAA has released a temporarily increase
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