Three wings

The wings for all three 747-8 Freighter flight test airplanes are now in the final assembly bay in Everett.

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A unique view from the 747 factory. In the foreground is the wing and center section for the first flight test 747-8 Freighter.

The new wing design incorporates the latest aerodynamic technologies - which means the 747-8 will be able to fly farther and more efficiently. The advanced airfoil provides improved overall performance and provides greater fuel capacity.

Off to the right in the photo above you can see the aft fuselage for the first 747-8. It’s in systems installation and preparing for final body join. The aft fuselage is about 5 feet (1.5 m) longer than the equivalent section on the 747-400.

Most of the “stretch” of the -8 is contained in the the 89-foot-2-inch (27.2 m) forward fuselage. That section is 13 feet 4 inches (4.1 m) longer than the 747-400 forward fuselage. Overall the 747-8 is 18 feet 4 inches (5.6 m) longer than the -400.

Comments (4)

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Awesome! It's always been the special one. And, what an incredible journey it has been for the 747 to reach this point.

Lots of good times - and tough ones too, and yet, she's still put together in the factory that was first built for her. For those of us far from Everett, Super Structures on Discovery or an Airliner World magazine dedicated entirely to this plane gives us an idea of the processes involved. Can you imagine this plane at rotation? Can't wait :)

Kevin (Los Angeles, CA):

Thanks for sharing the picture with us. I can't wait to see all the sections joined together.

Although Lufthansa is so far the sole customer for 8I, I just can't see how all the 747's can be replaced by either 773/A350 or A380. There has got to be something in between. There are no 744's in US domestic routes(or are there?), but one is awed by the 'dominant' presence of so many 744s in an airport like NRT.

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

This is a great moment for the 747 as this twentieth century aircraft is now made into the most advanced twenty-first century airliner in the market. The 747 especially the cargo variant is as vital today as as it was when the 747 program was started over forty years ago.

Chris C (South Africa):

Spectacular photo! Really, very impressive seeing a photo of three wing-sets for the phenomenal 747-8F! It’s truly exciting seeing steady, successful progress on the assembly of the world’s most advanced, efficient, capable and sexy looking freighter airplane; the 747-8F! This time next year we should be gearing up for entry-into-service of the -8F with Cargolux. The Freighter of the Future is becoming a reality, fast!

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