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Official 747-8 Flight Tracking & Production Thread Part 5  
User currently offlinemoderators From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 513 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 65457 times:
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User currently offlinecosmofly From United States of America, joined May 2009, 649 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 65408 times:

This is a good beginning of part 5.

Zero G in a 748F.
http://blog.seattlepi.com/aerospace/...-as-youd-want-to-push-an-airplane/


User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9077 posts, RR: 76
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 65368 times:
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Quoting cosmofly (Reply 1):

awesome video. I'd love to see the flight deck during these tests, how they pull and push on the yoke etc etc.

Damn, I want that job!

wilco737
  



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User currently offline747classic From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 2179 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 64991 times:

Production update :

L/N 1437 - 747-87UF, RC573, serial number 37564, Atlas Air #3, moved exactly according schedule from the flight line to the paint hangar.
Seen the already painted rudders with the Atlas Air logo, hopefully we will see the first 747-8F in full Atlas Air livery or will it be the third 747-8F leased to GSS (BA).
According planning the aircraft will emerge from the paint hangar around April 15.

See : http://kpae.blogspot.com/2011/04/paine-field-april-11.html

[Edited 2011-04-11 23:05:26]


Operating a twin over the ocean, you're always one engine failure from a total emergency.
User currently offline747classic From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 2179 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 64617 times:

According FlightAware a 747-8F (RC522/N50217) is scheduled to operate into LAX for the first time today.

See : http://boeing.flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE522



Operating a twin over the ocean, you're always one engine failure from a total emergency.
User currently offlineNewark727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 1367 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 64505 times:

Quoting 747classic (Reply 4):

It's now en route. Wish I could be there to see it but I'm busy today.


User currently offlineC767P From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 886 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 64122 times:

Here it is at LAX:

http://i420.photobucket.com/albums/pp283/C767P/IMG8671pmw.jpg


User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9077 posts, RR: 76
Reply 7, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 64081 times:
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Quoting C767P (Reply 6):

Very nice! Thanks!

wilco737
  



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User currently offline747classic From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 2179 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 63762 times:

Production update :

A new 747-8 freighter emerged on the flight line :
L/N 1438 - 747-867F, RC554, serial number 39241, Cathay # 4, future registration B-LJD.
See at Matt Cawby's KPAE blog : http://paineairport.com/images/fl0412.jpg
And look for the only unpainted 747-8F on this flightline picture.

Next will be (now at the slant position 1 at the FAL) :
L/N 1439 - 747-8JK , RC002, serial number 37544, BBJ customer Kuwait government , registration 9K----

[Edited 2011-04-13 14:34:33]


Operating a twin over the ocean, you're always one engine failure from a total emergency.
User currently offline747classic From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 2179 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 63237 times:

Production Update :

L/N 1437 - 747-87UF, RC573, serial number 37564, Atlas Air #3 emerged from the paint hangar in a white livery, with Atlas Air rudders ??

L/N 1438 - 747-867F, RC554, serial number 39241, Cathay # 4, future registration B-LJD was pushed into the paint hangar to receive a new paint job.

See : http://kpae.blogspot.com/2011/04/atl...s-air-747-out-of-paint-hangar.html

All aircraft delivered after L/N 1433 are delivered with the engines already installed at the final assembly line (FAL).

[Edited 2011-04-14 23:59:43]


Operating a twin over the ocean, you're always one engine failure from a total emergency.
User currently offlinekanban From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 3638 posts, RR: 27
Reply 10, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 62982 times:
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Quoting 747classic (Reply 9):
All aircraft delivered after L/N 1433 are delivered with the engines already installed


I think what was intended was 'all aircraft rolled out after L/N 1433..."... the wise guy in me saw the delivered with engines installed and went "Duh!"


User currently offlinenomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1881 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 62914 times:

Quoting kanban (Reply 10):
Quoting 747classic (Reply 9):
All aircraft delivered after L/N 1433 are delivered with the engines already installed


I think what was intended was 'all aircraft rolled out after L/N 1433..."... the wise guy in me saw the delivered with engines installed and went "Duh!"


You mean they don't tow them to the customers location?



Andy Goetsch
User currently offlinekanban From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 3638 posts, RR: 27
Reply 12, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 62832 times:
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Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 11):
You mean they don't tow them to the customers location?

get your new 748i on kit form... assemble yourself .. a good family togetherness exercise...

OK back to serious.. any word on one of the planes heading to Hong Kong for route proving or sales mongering?


User currently offline747classic From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 2179 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 62824 times:

Quoting kanban (Reply 10):
All aircraft delivered after L/N 1433 are delivered with the engines already installed


I think what was intended was 'all aircraft rolled out after L/N 1433..."...

You are totally spot on, I was just out of bed and not fully............................................. reply ready


RC503 has finished the X-wind tests at Keflavík (BIKF / KEF) and is on the return flight to Paine Field (ETA 10.57 PDT).

[Edited 2011-04-15 09:56:02]


Operating a twin over the ocean, you're always one engine failure from a total emergency.
User currently offlineaf773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2698 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 62558 times:

I heard the 748 is visiting MSP today. Anybody have confirmation and when its supposed to arrive and depart?


It ain't no normal MD80 its a Super 80!
User currently offlineLaddie From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 610 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 61839 times:

Look for RC021 (first 747-8i for Lufthansa) to make her maiden flight on Easter Sunday.

User currently offlineghost77 From Mexico, joined Mar 2000, 5224 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 61609 times:

Anyone knows about TLC's next flight for final certification.

They said the 748i was going to return on the last days of the month.

g77



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User currently offlineLaddie From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 610 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 61428 times:

Quoting ghost77 (Reply 16):
They said the 748i was going to return on the last days of the month.

I have heard the same rumor that RC503, a 747-8F, might be going to Mexico for some high altitude landings at the end of April.


User currently offlinestarrion From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1126 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 61348 times:

Quoting Laddie (Reply 15):
Look for RC021 (first 747-8i for Lufthansa) to make her maiden flight on Easter Sunday.

I know a lot of people consider the 8 to be the Second coming, but really?


It absolutely couldn't wait until Monday?



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User currently offlineghost77 From Mexico, joined Mar 2000, 5224 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 60797 times:

Quoting Laddie (Reply 17):
I have heard the same rumor that RC503, a 747-8F, might be going to Mexico for some high altitude landings at the end of April.

Heeey, supposedly it's schedule for tomorrow.

Does anyone know arrival time or aircraft?

Is it the CLX again?

Thanks!

g77



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User currently offlinerampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3148 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 60536 times:

I saw a 747 fly relatively low but with contrails (and wing vortexes!) over Grand Coulee on Saturday (April 16) afternoon (I was between Moses Lake and Grand Coulee Dam). It had an orange underside. Was heading roughtly north, I can't recall the exact time, early afternoon. Would anyone know if this was a 748 on a test run? Or was I seeing some regular airline flight out of SEA? (Who flies 747s out of SEA, and with orange paint?)

-Rampart


User currently offlinetdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 21, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 60279 times:

Quoting rampart (Reply 20):
Would anyone know if this was a 748 on a test run? Or was I seeing some regular airline flight out of SEA?

It sounds like a 747-8I in the flutter track that runs across Washington.

Quoting rampart (Reply 20):
(Who flies 747s out of SEA, and with orange paint?)

747's at SEA include BA, Cargolux, KAL...probably a few others. No orange ones though. And, even if they did, someone going into SEA should never be that low out by Moses Lake.

Tom.


User currently offline747classic From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 2179 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 60197 times:

Quoting rampart (Reply 20):
I saw a 747 fly relatively low but with contrails (and wing vortexes!) over Grand Coulee on Saturday (April 16) afternoon (I was between Moses Lake and Grand Coulee Dam). It had an orange underside. Was heading roughtly north, I can't recall the exact time, early afternoon. Would anyone know if this was a 748 on a test run?

Probably RC001/N6067E , call sign BOE 008, airborne between 12.42 and 15.11 PDT from Moses Lake, see : http://flightaware.com/live/flight/B...8/history/20110416/1930Z/KMWH/KMWH



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User currently offlineLaddie From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 610 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 60069 times:

Quoting ghost77 (Reply 19):
Heeey, supposedly it's schedule for tomorrow.

Does anyone know arrival time or aircraft?

Is it the CLX again?

You expect that kind of detail? Flight Test isn't a scheduled airline, you know! FT is a day-to-day sort of operation, suffering the unexpected turns of events that make planning beyond the day after tomorrow an exercise in optimism.

Now I am hearing that the flight to Mexico might not happen until the last week in April. Yes, one of the CLX airplanes (RC503) is scheduled to make the trip.


User currently offlinerampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3148 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 60059 times:

Quoting tdscanuck (Reply 21):
747's at SEA include BA, Cargolux, KAL...probably a few others. No orange ones though. And, even if they did, someone going into SEA should never be that low out by Moses Lake.

I was wondering if it might have been some cargo operation, or maybe a charter, in some livery I'm not acquainted with out on the west coast. It was at altitude, enough for contrails, but not high altitude (I could see details), probably should have been higher if out of PDX or LAS or RNO even, so I assumed from Seattle somewhere.

Quoting 747classic (Reply 22):
Probably RC001/N6067E , call sign BOE 008, airborne between 12.42 and 15.11 PDT from Moses Lake, see : http://flightaware.com/live/flight/B.../KMWH
Quoting tdscanuck (Reply 21):
It sounds like a 747-8I in the flutter track that runs across Washington.

Thanks, both of you! That's probably it, timing and direction jives. I pointed it out to my friends, glad I wasn't wrong   . So, on my visit to Seattle I saw both the 787 and 747-8 in flight! Cool! It was a good week. Saw the Everett plant, too.

-Rampart


25 MATTCAWBY : BOE503 N5573S just copied clearance to Grant County Airport. Wednesday, April 20 at 10:15 local time.
26 ghost77 : Yes, when it came to TLC I knew day by day what it was going to do because of previous coordination with the airport authorities. I knew when and at
27 Post contains links and images 747classic : During this particular test flight at April 16 this formation shot with both RC001 and ZA001 was taken : Photo: Boeing/Leo Dejilas See : http://twitp
28 ER757 : Wow - great photo - gives a good size comparison of the two types - although the difference is accentuated a bit due to the 747 being closer to the c
29 rampart : That sound you heard coming from the East Coast was my jaw dropping and hitting the floor. I should have been looking up more often. -Rampart
30 Post contains links 747classic : L/N 1438 - 747-867F, RC554, serial number 39241, Cathay # 4, registration B-LJD emerged from paint hangar (building 45-01) in full Cathay livery. Luft
31 Laddie : I am hearing that first flight of RC021 has slid to Monday, 25 April.
32 Post contains images frigatebird : Wow... it's already my new desktop wallpaper And it makes me realize how incredibly elegant the 747 still is, certainly compared with the rather stub
33 Post contains links 747classic : According an article in Seattle PI posted by Aubrey Cohen a few hours ago, the five 747-8F test airplanes will be send in the next couple of weeks to
34 mdword1959 : How long after type certification can the first delivery be expected?
35 747classic : Provisional 747-8 Aircraft Production List (April 21-2011) 19 Completed airframes (8 without engines *) : L/N 1420 - 747-8R7F, RC501, serial number 35
36 tdscanuck : It can happen very quickly...the 777 type certificate was granted April 19, 1995 and the first delivery was May 15, 1995...so about 4 weeks. Tom.
37 laxboeingman : Why was it at LAX to test the freight facilities to make sure that it would fit at LAX, for testing, for show, and/or none/all of the above? Thank yo
38 747classic : Probably only for PR reasons and/or to check the avionics of the 747-8 at a not already tested ILS /RWY combination. It could be done easily, with no
39 Post contains links 747classic : Several latest 747-8 news facts : - According several sources the 747-8 Freighter will be certified in June, followed by the first delivery to Cargolu
40 cosmofly : Did factory tour today and saw two 748i in slant position.
41 Post contains links and images 747classic : L/N 1439 / RC002 and L/N 1440 / RC003, both 747-8I/BBJ aircraft, are on slant positions 1 and 2 in building 40-22. L/N 1441 / RC555, the fifth Cathay
42 mdword1959 : AFAIK, with the possible exception of the first GEnx powered 787, "taxi testing" of "follow-on" 787 & 748 flight-test aircraft (i.e. aircraft and
43 Post contains images ER757 : So it will probably beat the 787.....who would have thought that three or four years ago. Glad to hear Boeing's taking the -i to Paris for the show.
44 Stitch : ZA100 is still looking to be delivered to NH in July, as well, which is ahead of the latest plan. So if the 747-8F does beat it, it may be by a matte
45 Post contains links 747classic : BOE503/B748 has just filed a flight plan. It is scheduled to depart from KMWH (Grant Co Intl) at 10:30AM PDT heading for MMTO (Lic. Adolfo Lopez Mate
46 Post contains links 747classic : RC021/N6067U, the the second 747-8 Intercontinental (for Lufthansa) filed two flight plans with call sign BOE021. Scheduled flights KPAE-KMWH-KPAE, se
47 mattcawby : They did a taxi test in the afternoon but the ceiling was too low so they abandoned ship at 2100z.
48 Post contains links 747classic : 747-8F flight test update : The freighter's 5 aircraft test fleet is conducting the final tests to achieve certification : RC501 based at Edwards AFB,
49 Post contains links and images ghost77 : Thanks for the heads up! I got a perfect picture a couple of hours ago. Here's another of it's early March visit. Picture says April but it was March
50 Post contains links 747classic : A new day, second try : two flight plans are filed for RC021/N6067U, KPAE-KMWH and back. Estimated time of departure (ETD) 09.11 PDT from KPAE See :
51 Post contains links 747classic : RC021/N6067U airborne at 09.27 PDT. See for the first picture : http://twitpic.com/4ptzxc
52 ER757 : Was wondering how much of a full passenger interior is installed in this machine since they'll be using it to test interior features. Might this one
53 Post contains links 747classic : Here are the first videos of the departure and arrival of RC021/N6067U . Matt Cawby's KPAE blog : http://kpae.blogspot.com/2011/04/lufthansa-747-8i-fi
54 747classic : Boeing first-quarter earnings call live blog : Boeing Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney (talking about the 747-8 programme)
55 Post contains images mattcawby : "Due to some technical issues, video views are being computed slower than usual. We're working hard to fix this " I suppose that's why it's called a
56 Newark727 : The basic-LH paint really shows off what a long beast this is, especially on the upper deck.
57 Post contains links cosmofly : RC 521 in Hawaii again. http://thekonablog.wordpress.com/2011/04/27/7446/
58 Post contains links and images 747classic : After a short visit, the relevant aircraft (RC521/N5017Q) is already back in Yuma, see : http://boeing.flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE521 In preparat
59 Post contains links CCA : http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/blogs...=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Good article, possible BA 747-8I order.
60 Ronaldo747 : That would be great news!
61 warden145 : Absolutely it would!! I want nothing more than to see a 747-8i with the Union Jack on the tail. I'm not holding my breath, though...
62 Post contains links and images 747classic : Here is a preview : http://www.aviation-design.net/?id=12466 Aviation-Design.Net:Design © Danilo DantasTemplate © Danilo Dantas
63 Post contains images warden145 : I think I'm in love
64 Stitch : I'll believe it when I see it. Then again, times have changed a bit in the intervening three years so what was at the time an "A380 only" decision co
65 SEPilot : I think that in order for this to come to pass, the 748 must offer CASM close to that of the A380, and purchase price considerably below it. Otherwis
66 Stitch : I've been told by those privy to the negotiations that the price was the same between the A388 and 748 for the base airframe, though RR made a better
67 N14AZ : Off-topic-modus on: I might be old-fashioned, stubborn and whatsoever (just ask my wife, if you have time...) - I read about this "“clockface servi
68 Post contains images Stitch : I imagine they're not doing it on a whim. Looking at the timetables, BA and AA currently look to offer 11 daily frequencies from JFK to LHR, plus 3 d
69 Post contains links 747classic : Any pictures available yet from Toluca? RC503/N5573S has filed a flight plan from Toluca Mexico (MMTO/TLC) to Houston Bush Intl. (KIAH/IAH) and there
70 philhyde : Now wouldn't that be special. Doesn't seem to have left MMTO.
71 ghost77 : I only had the chance to snap it on monday during it's arrival!! Picture is on the queue!!! I'll share it here once is on in db!!! g77
72 Post contains links philhyde : Picture from KIAH this afternoon. Departed on the furthest and least spotter friendly runway (26R). http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5062/5673829368_663
73 Post contains links and images 747classic : RC501, the most used test aircraft during the 747-8F certification programme, completed the flight tests at Edwards AFB a few days ago (April 29) and
74 Post contains images columba : Well I´m still sceptical but lots has changed since BA´s A380 order. The 747-8I could also be a good option for IB´s South America routes. Would l
75 Post contains links and images 747classic : The third 747-8 Intercontinental, a BBJ aircraft, emerged from the final assembly line. L/N 1439 - 747-8JK* , RC002, serial number 37544*, BBJ custome
76 Post contains links and images 747classic : 747-8I/F flight test update : Boeing released the ultimate rejected take off (RTO) test video of the 747-8 : http://www.boeing.com/Features/2011/05/bc
77 earlyNFF : I guess, due to the higher weights, and/or different aerodynamics on the wing, the 45,100 ft limit is just not necessary?
78 CCA : Yes the 747-8 certified max ceiling is 43,100' same as the 777 I believe. I don't think there was ever a need for 45,100'. However I have been at 44,9
79 747classic : Thanks CCA for this confirmation of the lowered max. certified altitude of the 747-8 series. If allowed by ATC we flew sometimes at FL451 between IAH
80 Post contains links and images 747classic : RC021/N6067U, the first 747-8 Intercontinental for Lufthansa, just departed from Paine Field (KPAE) to Boeing field (KBFI) for her second test flight,
81 Post contains links cosmofly : More problems with 748 production. Moving line stopped. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...014974777_boeing06.html?cmpid=2727
82 Stitch : So looks like it won't be a major hiccup.
83 747classic : As a close observer of the 747-8 program, I am not aware of earlier major 748 production problems up to now (only a small stringer issue during early
84 Post contains images bikerthai : My father-in-law was newly hired in to Boeing in February (and he is 60 years +). Already he have been working 10 hrs days, 7 days a week doing blank
85 na : As the delivery and certification schedule wont change that doesnt sound like a problem of the 748I, more like a necessary consolidation at the right
86 328JET : "By holding the line for a month, Boeing will avoid sending more unfinished planes out to the flight line at Everett, which is already full of 787 Dr
87 Post contains images bikerthai : These are the insulation between the aircraft skin and the interior liners. They call them blankets. The work involve large sowing machines similar t
88 kanban : insulation blankets between the skin and the interior panels including cargo bay sidewalls... a very labor intensive process...
89 Post contains images cosmofly : My bad. Technically, there is no 748 moving production line. Boeing only stops moving 748 out of the hanger.
90 Tomassjc : I saw a 747-800 (all white) landing at KSJC at about 1600 today. I was driving and could not get a very good look at it. Anyone have any idea which bi
91 QANTAS747-438 : There's also one in LAX today.
92 Post contains links and images 747classic : Same aircraft : RC523/N6009F operated yesterday (May 6) the following stretches : KPAE - KLAS - KLAX - KSJC -KPAE KLAS, RC523, May 6. Original upload
93 Post contains images wilco737 : Oh dear, more trouble with the 748? I hope they will be fixed soon. I can't wait to see it actually in service. Good to see the LH plane in the air. W
94 Post contains links 747classic : Following the Final Assembly Line (FAL) freeze, that will last for one month, to incorporate changes from discoveries made during flight test and to a
95 Post contains links Semaex : I have a question about the LH #1 bird D-ABYE. The Lufthansa website states that Boeing is going to do the following: "All four engines, the brakes an
96 Post contains images wilco737 : I guess they mean they will change the cabin interiour. Like the panels of the walls and ceiling etc. as they might have suffered during the flight t
97 kanban : these may not have been installed prior to flight test.. and interim carpeting used...
98 747classic : Except the flight test hours, that will be added to the airframe hour count, everything else will be in "zero hour" condition upon delivery to Luftha
99 Post contains links 747classic : Official Boeing video of the first flight of the Lufthansa 747-830 Intercontinental released : According Airline Reporter blog, the following info abo
100 Post contains images wilco737 : Thanks for that link. Looks very nice indeed! Thanks. Hopefully there will be a 748 soon in full LH livery. wilco737
101 bikerthai : Sometimes it is cheaper to use production hardware on flight test aircraft than to design and build and certify test hardware to do the same thing. b
102 Ronaldo747 : It should be D-ABYA and this is the first to-be-delivered frame to Lufthansa, right? I can't imagine that RC021 is the first delivery because of the
103 Post contains images wilco737 : No, RC021 (D-ABYE) will not be the first one. wilco737
104 747classic : Reading between the lines of the mentioned article (reply 99) , my conclusion is : L/N 1443 - 747-830, RC022, serial number 37827, presently at the w
105 Post contains images wilco737 : Within LH it is said as well that D-ABYE is the 3rd airplane. D-ABYA is the first one, hopefully to be delivered in 1st quarter 2012... but this date
106 747classic : Thanks, Wilco737, for this first hand info. But, as mentioned, the one month FAL hold-up and/or a not scheduled increase in flight testing could chan
107 Post contains images wilco737 : I am sure it will. I don't expect it to join the fleet before April 2012. But this is MY personal opinion... wilco737
108 laxboeingman : What happened to the Emirates Sky Cargo order for the F version... I just went to the New Airplane website and saw it was gone? Thank you for all answ
109 Stitch : They sold them to Dubai Aerospace Enterprise and will lease them back.
110 Post contains links and images 747classic : The third produced 747-8I (second 747-8I/BBJ) emerged on the KPAE flight line in a white livery. First thought to be delivered to the Kuwait Governmen
111 Post contains links 747classic : Not only inside the factory the one month production hold is used to complete the airplanes, under construction. L/N 1432 - 747-87UF, RC572, serial nu
112 Post contains links 747classic : The 1000th 747-8 test flight will be flown today. According the flight count of http://nyc787.blogspot.com/ , the 1000th test flight will be operated
113 Post contains links 747classic : RC503/N5573S left the flight test program and was flown on May 13 from Paine Field to Lackland Afb. (San Antonio, Texas) for pre delivery refurbishmen
114 Post contains links and images ghost77 : In Toluca, Mexico, on it's arrival for the second time: View Large View MediumPhoto © Ricardo Morales - flyAPM g77
115 Post contains images wilco737 : Wow, already. Not bad, not bad. How many more hours to go until CargoLux will get its first? wilco737
116 747classic : THX Ricardo for the photo of the second visit of the 747-8F at TLC, did it took that long to be accepted in the data base? Just curious : in your pho
117 Post contains links and images 747classic : Production update : More 747-8F aircraft, parked without engines for a long time at the KPAE flight line, are receiving engines now. At the same time
118 Laddie : Boeing reports today that RC503 has completed its flight testing and is now heading to San Antonio for refurb. Congrats, Boeing, you are making progre
119 Post contains images KPDX : Love hearing news like this after the last few years of flight testing.
120 na : So two out of the five flighttest-8Fs have been sent for pre-delivery refurbishment now. That sounds very good. Seems like certification is indeed jus
121 747classic : Provisional 747-8 Aircraft Production List (May 19-2011) Important additions since the last update are the new line numbers 1457 and 1458. Also the sc
122 Post contains images simpilot459 : I wondered why I got so many hits on Flikr today Can't wait for production flights to start. It will be great seeing the planes at PAE getting into th
123 Post contains links and images 747classic : Only RC503/N5573S, the fourth test aircraft, has left the flight test program and was flown to San Antonio. RC523/N6009F, test aircraft #5, last flig
124 GARUDAROD : Sorry if this has been asked before, but how come so many aircraft are parked with out engines? Is there a problem with the delivery of the new GENEX
125 Stitch : Engines are expensive items, so the customer can save money by waiting until the airplane is closer to delivery before paying GE to have the engines
126 747classic : Engine installation is scheduled to be performed inside building 40-23, next to 40-22, see also reply 117. With some 747-8F aircraft the actual engin
127 Post contains links and images PC12Fan : Had to share this. Here's what a retro livery of a Lufthansa 748i would look like. Aviation-Design.Net:Design © Abdullah M.Template © Andrew W. Sieb
128 IslandRob : A beautiful bird indeed. Thanks!
129 747classic : 747-8 Provisional Aircraft Production List update : The full identity of both BBJ aircraft RC002 and RC003 are emerging, also more details of the seco
130 Post contains links Asiaflyer : An article on Bloomberg today , citing two analysts, talks about a potential 6-8 weeks further delay for first 747-8 delivery. Reason is cited as mino
131 Post contains images 328JET : I don´t believe in another delay of several weeks. But time will tell, for sure.
132 Stitch : The 747-8 program has amassed in excess of 2600 flight hours across over 1000 test flights, though I don't know what the planned hours/flights are.
133 CX747 : The retro Lufthansa livery is outstanding. The current livery is clean and neat but the old one beats it six days a week and twice on Sundays! Please
134 747classic : Let's wait till tomorrow, for the latest news : The Boeing Company 2011 Annual Investor Conference Tuesday, May 24, 2011 11:00 a.m. ET / 8:00 a.m. PT
135 Post contains links and images 747classic : The 747 Intercontinental is for the first time stationed outside Washington state, . RC021/N6067U, San Bernadino, May 23 2011, Look for the palm tree
136 Post contains images wilco737 : Awesome airplane, awesome picture. The palm tree look funny wilco737
137 zeke : The manufacturer has informed us that instead of receiving 4 aircraft this year, they are now only anticipating 3, maybe 2.
138 Post contains links 747classic : The Boeing Company 2011 Annual Investor Conference First delivery is on track for the middle of the year, Albaugh said. He said the FAA has signed off
139 Post contains images 328JET : On time...?
140 747classic : I know, actual 18 months late, but in time according the latest schedule, despite all the manpower and engineering drains from the 747-8 program towa
141 ghost77 : Hello 747classic, Well, I got sick that day and so on for 3 days, it was very hot and I took very cold drinks. Later on, I had some busy days, I uplo
142 Post contains links and images 747classic : The 747-8F flight test program is nearing the end. Some final adjustments have been made to the Honeywell Next Generation Flight Management System (NG
143 Post contains links and images 747classic : The first (long range) functionality and reliability (F&R) tests have been flown by RC523. On June 1th this aircraft performed a test flight with
144 zeke : From what I hear the FAA is not going to approve the VNAV functions in the FMC until the bugs are fixed. The new -8 FMC is been a problem for some ti
145 Post contains links 747classic : You may be right, Flightblogger states the following, regarding the NGFMS : "Boeing said last week it expected the F&R testing to get underway in
146 zeke : I am just going by Boeing has been telling customer pilots that it has been type rated by Boeing on the 747-8 in the past few months, they have also
147 Post contains links Spacepope : Fifth F&R test flight is up. http://flightaware.com/live/flight/B...3/history/20110605/1530Z/KPAE/KPAE Scheduled 8 hours 17 minutes. Might get a c
148 SHAQ : I'm following closely this thread! Can someone tell me what are F&R Tests?
149 747classic : Functionality and Reliability tests. The purpose of F&R testing is to evaluate the production version of the aircraft to ensure that the airplane
150 Post contains links intsim : Hello, Does anyone know which aircraft flew BOE523 yesterday, 05JUN11? And as a side note, which is going out today? http://flightaware.com/live/fligh
151 Post contains links 747classic : During the present 747-8F flight testing BOE523 is the call sign for RC523/N6009F. See for departure photos of BOE523 at June 5 : http://www.flickr.c
152 Post contains images intsim : I now saw that up higher in this huge thread, thank you for filling me in. Here is what I saw if anyone was interested. Not great quality but it give
153 Post contains images wilco737 : Nice, thanks. Looks very nice from the ground. nice shape. Thanks. wilco737
154 Post contains links 747classic : Are both the 747-8 Intercontinental and the 747-8 Freighter scheduled for the Paris Air Show ? Does anybody know what particular aircraft are schedule
155 Post contains links mdword1959 : http://blog.seattlepi.com/aerospace/...?gta=commentlistpos#commentlistpos
156 Post contains links 747classic : Paris Air Show. According Aviation Week RC001 is set to fly in on 19 June while one of the freighters will join the static display on 20 June. See : h
157 IslandRob : Very cool pic - simple yet dramatic! Thanks for sharing it with us. What a beautiful bird she is.
158 Post contains links 747classic : 747-8F Certification + EIS delayed ? After reading the Boeing Press Release about the Paris 2011 Air Show debut of the 747-8 carefully, the 747-8F EIS
159 Stitch : Zeke has stated the Flight Management Computer is not yet working properly, so I expect the 747-8 cannot be certified until it is - or that it can be
160 tdscanuck : There's no certification requirement to have all flight management computer functions...there are certified aircraft that don't even have FMC's. That
161 Post contains links 747classic : Boeing plans 747-8F Luxembourg visit after Paris. According flightblogger( Jon Ostrower) RC522 is scheduled to arrive at Le Bourget on 20 June, depart
162 zeke : The aircraft can fly (as they are on almost a daily basis), just that the vertical modes available will be flight level change and V/S. The managed V
163 tdscanuck : Agreed, but I think you can fly all of those without VNAV, can't you? In other words, annoying to the pilots but non-impacting to what routes the air
164 747classic : The first 747-8F test aircraft (RC501/N747EX) is as this moment flying from San Bernadino (KSBD) towards San Antonio (Lackland AFB, KSKF). Will this a
165 Post contains links and images MCIGuy : Nice catch. Its flight testing complete, lead 747-8F heads for refurbishment
166 Post contains images OyKIE : This is a huge milestone! Finally Anyone know how much time it will take to refurbish the first 747-8F? Would be cool if it was delivered to Cargolux
167 747classic : The 747-8F flight testing is still proceeding with test aircraft #2 (RC521), #3 (RC522) and #5 (RC523) - all 3 destined for NCA. Test aircraft #1(RC50
168 Post contains links 747classic : A photo from the (still stationary) 747-8 FAL (uploaded or taken at June 9 ?) See : http://twitpic.com/5973p3 From RH side to LH side L/N 1440 - 747-8
169 Post contains links 4holer : Enroute to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway! http://flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE523 Edit: Looks like it'll be a very short stay, just like the Fairbanks trip w
170 Post contains links 747classic : RC523/N6009F made only a touch and go at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway and returned towards Paine Field again. See for pictures at the bottom of the page : ht
171 Post contains images OyKIE : Thanks for the info. As I Expected, even if it would be really nice to have it flown direclty from an airshow
172 4holer : That's frustrating! I was at work and had some things to do. When I finished and checked flightaware, I saw the arrival time as in 3 minutes since th
173 Post contains links 747classic : Production update. The one month halt of the FAL is over, however production rate is not fully up yet. L/N 1440, the fourth produced 747-8 Intercontin
174 Post contains links and images 747classic : 747-8F flight test update : RC523 performed the 11th daily functionality and reliability (F&R) test flight at June 11th. The flight was flown from
175 Post contains links na : Great birdseye view of the red giant in the air, sadly no high-res (yet): http://www.flickr.com/photos/theboeingcompany/5815313033/
176 Post contains links and images 747classic : The 12th F&R test flight was flown from Paine Field almost to Hawaii, turning back and flying a return track towards Portland. At Portland the obl
177 Post contains links tjwgrr : Shot this video of BOE533 in GRR today with a conventional digital camera in video mode. Sorry for the marginal quality: http://www.youtube.com/watch
178 Post contains images mffoda : I thought it was very nice... The solid white paint really gives you a good look at the size of those engines, compared to earlier models... Thanks t
179 Post contains links 747classic : THX for the video, a picture of one of the GGR "touch and go's" can be found here : http://www.flickr.com/photos/kendall915/5831086422/in/pool-grr_ph
180 747classic : Pennsylvania Spotters : RC523/N6009F entered the third week of F&R testing and departed for the 15th consecutive test flight. Destination : Harris
181 Post contains links Gunsontheroof : Check out the oddball return flight! Just saw it fly over my house inbound to SEA. http://flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE523
182 Stitch : Yeah, I saw her do a "low and slow" over Redmond on her approach into PAE. Damn, that is a big plane!
183 Laddie : A 747-8F will be at the Paris Air Show. Here is an extract from a Boeing press release that went out today (16 June) about the airplane flying from Se
184 Post contains links and images 747classic : Boeing released a video about the bio-fuel blend used to power all four engines on the flight to the Paris Air Show : http://www.boeing.com/Features/
185 Post contains links and images 747classic : RC504/LX-VCD, the fourth produced Cargolux freighter has been returned from the KPAE flight line to be updated to "airline delivery status ". The airc
186 tristarcrazy : I tried to get a another thread started to let everyone know there is a 748 in ATL today but they closed it. Hopefully someone will see the info here.
187 Post contains images tristarcrazy : Here's my bad pic landing on runway 28
188 Post contains links 747classic : RC523 returned to Paine field from Atlanta via San Bernadino, an intermediate touch and go, scheduled for Colorado Springs (KCOS) was skipped. Below a
189 Post contains links AndrewC75 : Thanks for linking to my Flickr photos, 747classic. It was cool seeing the Big White Beast at ATL yesterday but a shame the runway selection was about
190 Post contains links KPDX : Great video (not mine) of the 747-8i at Boeing Field. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d5jQaDZdcU
191 Post contains links 747classic : 747-8 Intercontinental update : RC001/N6067E is heading for Paris (LFPB/LBG), see : http://flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE8 See photo of Boeing Field
192 Post contains images readytotaxi : At a little after 7am this morning got this snap of the progress thanks to Flightradar24.com Click on picture for larger image.
193 747classic : RC001 landed at 09.36 CET at Paris "Le Bourget". Anybody already the first landing photo ???
194 Post contains links and images 747classic : First "Boeing 747-8 lands at 2011 Paris Air Show" picture" : http://www.flickr.com/photos/theboeingcompany/5848029710/ RC001/N6067E, parking in front
195 Post contains links and images KPDX : http://www.flickr.com/photos/flightblogger/5848534462/in/photostream Nice shot of the wing.
196 Post contains images KPDX : Well I've searched through Youtube, Flickr, and other websites for the 747-8i's arrival to Le Bourget. Outside of the Boeing video and one other, I ha
197 Post contains images kanban : I think everybody was watching the A380 crunch another bulding...
198 CCA : Looks like vortex generators between engines 3 & 4
199 Post contains links KPDX : The 747-8F is climbing out of Paine Field currently on it's way to Paris. http://flightaware.com/live/flight/B...2/history/20110620/0604Z/KPAE/LFPB
200 Post contains links and images 747classic : Several high ranking Boeing representatives (Albaugh,Lund) are presenting the latest news regarding the 747-8 program : - Boeing has finished 'high-ri
201 flythere : Hey guys, it is towards the end of June and I wonder when will be the first delivery to Cargolux? It stated July but anyone here know the exact time?
202 747classic : No, only Boeing may know the exact 747-8F EIS target date. But we can make an educated guess, with the data that are public knowledge : Boeing needs
203 Post contains links 747classic : 747-8F Flight test update : Functionality and Reliability (F&R) testing is proceeding today after a one day (maintenance ?) halt, after 18 consecu
204 Post contains links 747classic : The third 747-8F test aircraft (RC522/N50217) landed at 17.40 CEST at "Le Bourget" after a 9 hours and 39 minutes flight from Paine Field on a blend o
205 Ronaldo747 : Do RC523 the F&R testing with freight on board or empty? It does not have the ballast tanks installed, right?
206 Post contains links 747classic : AFAIK no water ballast tanks are installed in RC523. Most of the time it will be operated empty during F&R testing, because only the reliability
207 Post contains images Ronaldo747 : Thank you very much, also for your great coverage of the 747-8 flight test!
208 SURFER : The 747-8 is returning to BFI from LBG this evening filed out of there at 1905 utc and showing arrival back into BFI at 0405 utc.
209 Post contains links CCA : 747-8 pilot discussion from Paris. http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/blogs...=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest
210 Post contains links 747classic : Aviation Spotters : The 21th F&R testflight will be operated by RC523/N6009F via : Paine Field (KPAE) - Detroit (KDTW) - Pittsburg (KPIT) - Indian
211 DullesFlyer : Flightaware shows a diversion from DTW - PIT to PIT - DTW. Could this be a result of the storms that hit and are hitting that area last night and tod
212 fuelfool : I saw the plane land at IND. It taxied back and left. Had no clue what I was looking at till I got off work. I was on the opposite side of the airport
213 Post contains links 747classic : The third 747-8F test aircraft (RC522/N50217) flew yesterday from Paris to Luxembourg to visit launch customer Cargolux, see : http://www.youtube.com/
214 kanban : nice, especially the hanger shots with the nose door open... wish it had run another minute or two.
215 Post contains links and images 747classic : 747-8 Intercontinental flight test update : The 747-8I test program is now halfway, total flight test hours count till/incl. June 22 : 309+ ----------
216 Post contains links and images 747classic : RC522 inside Cargolux hangar, Nose Cargo Door open, Looking FWD from maindeck, Luxembourg, June 23. Original uploaded by Pitsch's Pics, for other siz
217 Post contains links 747classic : Aviation Spotters : The 23th F&R test flight will be operated by RC523/N6009F via : Paine Field (KPAE) - Great Falls Intl (KGTF) - Louisville Intl
218 Post contains links and images 747classic : The 24th F&R test flight by RC523/N6009F just started from Paine Field (KPAE) towards Orlando (KMCO), see for further routing and timing : http://
219 Dazed767 : Off to DEN after it's stop to MCO.
220 Post contains links 747classic : The count down towards 747-8F certification : The 25th F&R test flight by RC523 is now going North again, Paine Field (KPAE) - Moses Lake (KMWH) -
221 Post contains links 747classic : L/N 1436, RC504, LX-VCD, the fourth produced Cargolux freighter has been returned from the Everett factory building 40-23 (next to the 747-8 FAL build
222 Post contains links 747classic : The 26th F&R testflight by RC523 is now heading towards three (3) states (Alabama ,Tenessee, Kentucky) : Paine Field (KPAE) - Birmingham-Shuttlesw
223 tower : Saw it a couple hours ago at CVG. It came in and did one touch and go at CVG on runway 36C. It was headed back to PAE after that. Not sure what the re
224 na : If no last minute problems arise, certification is just weeks away now rather than months. From all I read here and elsewhere the delivery of the fir
225 Post contains images wilco737 : Sounds exciting. I am sure the Cargolux cannot wait to actually add the 748F to their fleet. Will be great to see them flying in service. wilco737
226 Post contains links 747classic : The 27th F&R test flight by RC523/N6009F, again heading south : Paine field (KPAE) - Tampa Intl (KTPA), see for further routing and timing : http:
227 Post contains links 747classic : Here you can find the official article, with a video of the Boeing 747-8F Cargolux visit : http://www.boeing.com/Features/2011/06/bca_747-8_CLX_06_29
228 Stitch : Saw one of the freighters fly directly over my place in Bellevue about 3:15. I am so impressed by how quiet she is. I couldn't hear her until she was
229 Post contains links 747classic : Several pictures and two videos of the first (B1) flight of RC003, with test registration N5020K are available from Matt Cawby's Paine Field blog : ht
230 Post contains links and images 747classic : After a one day lay-over at Paine Field RC523/N6009F resumed 747-8F F&R flight testing. Attention Minnesota spotters : The next (28th) F&R fli
231 huxrules : Uhhh just saw a 748 land at AUS - what's up with that?
232 Post contains links af773atmsp : Got the 748F landing and taking off at MSP. How come it only landed and taxied right back to the runway and left? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfvgc
233 747classic : RC003/N5020K was flown to Marana (Pinal Airpark/KMZJ) at July 1. Does somebody have already RC003 pictures at MZJ ??
234 Post contains links 747classic : The 29th 747-8F F&R test flight by RC523/N6009F has already departed : Paine Field (KPAE) - Toledo Express (KTOL) - Greenville/Spartanburg Intl (K
235 tdscanuck : That was RC523. They're doing F&R flying. What else would they do? They're building flight cycles and hours to satisfy the F&R regulations. T
236 Post contains links and images 747classic : After two days off, the 30th F&R test flight plan by RC523 has been filed : Paine Field (KPAE) - Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Intl (KBHM) - Orlando In
237 Post contains images wilco737 : Any plans to send the 748i to FRA anytime soon to present it to the airline launch costumer LH? Would be cool to see it in FRA soon But I guess that's
238 Stitch : I would expect the first LH customer frame to make a visit for reliability & operability purposes, just like ZA002's tour of Japan this week sinc
239 Post contains images wilco737 : I hoped so, but I guess to let the 748 join the fleet is less challenging than 787 as LH owns 30 744s and the difference isn't too big. But I still h
240 aeropiggot : Also LH would have made changes to accomodate the A380, and those changes should be more than adequate for the 748i, length been the only real issue.
241 Post contains links 747classic : 747-8F Functionality and Reliability (F&R) testing : After a two and half hour delay ex. Paine Field, New Orleans Intl (KMSY) was skipped from the
242 Post contains links 747classic : 747-8F Flight test update - The scheduled stretches towards Salt Lake City and Reno for RC523/N6009F at July 6 were not operated after a departure del
243 Post contains links and images 747classic : The first pictures of L/N 1441, the fifth Cathay freighter are emerging : RC555, Cathay #5, KPAE flight line, July 9 2011 Original uploaded by Matt Ca
244 ATCGOD : BOE522 is scheduled to arrive is Boise today at 10:30 local. FYI.
245 Post contains links and images 747classic : 747-8F flight test update : RC523/N6009F last (31th) F&R flight was completed at July 8. However, according several sources, the F&R flight te
246 747classic : It's at the moment "very silent at the 747-8F front", what is the current status of the 747-8F program ? Only a few test flights are performed the las
247 Post contains links and images 747classic : 747-8F flight test testing is still continuing, with low-rate sorties from Paine Field and Boeing Field. Total 747-8 (I +F) flight test hours can be c
248 Post contains images flyglobal : Given the recent 787 readiness delays, I am pretty sure now that we will see more 747-8 in service then 787 for Will we see a kind of 'Block' delivery
249 Spacepope : RC523 made a hop here to COS. Hot and high test? It was nearly 100 degrees yesterday with our altitude of 6187 feet.
250 CargoLex : There are several CX Cargo, Atlas/GSS/BA, and KE Cargo 747-8f's on the flight line and I'd guess that all will be delivered quite rapidly after certi
251 Post contains images PlanesNTrains : I'm not up on how many -I's are in flight testing, but I believe that it was RC021 that flew over my house near Seattle yesterday in the early evening
252 Post contains links Moderators : Please continue the discussion here: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking & Production Thread Part 6 (by Moderators Jul 19 2011 in Civil Aviation) Any p
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