Eighth wonder


A simply breathtaking air-to-air shot of the 747-8 Freighter and Mount Rainier during first flight on February 8.

Comments (18)

Don Harrington (Bellevue, WA):

Wow, Randy! What a gorgeous shot!

MIchael J. Nieves (Manchaca, Texas USA):

From the first time I flew on the 747, as a young man, I have wondered at the marvel of aerospace engineering. The spaciousness and warmth of the interior gave me a sense of power and security.

As an adult flying to Europe with Boeing I experienced the top deck from a passenger’s perspective and thought I was flying the best of the best. It is my favorite airplane and I am delighted to see that we continue to advance the design.

Little did I know as a young man that one day I would have the fortune to work for the company that builds such great marvels.

Victor Baruzzini (St. Louis, MO):

Great photo of the 747-8 Freighter. Breathtaking is an understatement!

James (Everett, WA):

Nice picture!

Ken (Chicago):

Many thanks Randy. What a great shot that underscores the beauty and grandeur of Washington state in terms of its landscape and the planes it builds! I climbed Mt. Rainier last August; my first visit to your state. I also took the Boeing factory tour. It is good to see both "the Mountain" and the 747-8 (RC501) - this time airborne - again.

Spectator (Everett, WA):


Chris C (South Africa):

Eighth Wonder Indeed!

Bill Eames (Renton, WA 10-16):

Well exposed and shot. Its hard to get white correctly exposed. Nice timing with mountain fully visible.

Chris ((Netherlands)):

Indeed a great photo, wish i took it myself... ;)

TC (Mt. Vernon, WA):

Sure, Illinois or South Carolina may offer great tax incentives. But what kind of backdrop scenery do they have to compete against Rainier or the Olympics? You can't put a price on that.

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):


Yipp, that's the one right there.

Jerry (Mesa):

A terrific picture to be sure, but just think if that 747-8 had been in a barrel roll....

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

Great shot of the 747-8 in front of Mt. Rainier again great harmonious composition of colors.

Kevin (Los Angeles, CA):

If the Freighter version can draw so much admiration from around the globe, what would be the reaction when the Intercontinental version takes to the sky and fly around the Mt. Rainier!

Who knows, people in various countries might sign petitions for their flag carriers to procure the 8I before the others.

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

@ Kevin

The world stood up and gave a standing ovation to what is the most beautiful airliner flying in the world today. Somehow, I doubt that people will have to sign petitions to get it flying in their countries - I think this plane will sell itself.

Ronny Samaey (Ostend, Belgium):


Both thumbs up !!

Tim (Baltimore , Md):

Did you get any comments of the 747-8F taking off like a race car like the 757 ?

The climb out was amazing, like a dragster race car.
Randy, when will Boeing take a photo of both the 747-400F and the 747-8F together to compare the size of each other ?

Keith Warth (Sydney Australia):

What a beautiful aeroplane this is. Can't wait for the Intercontinental.

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