Gonna fly now

The first flight of the 747-8 Freighter is set for Monday, February 8, at 10 a.m. Seattle time.


We completed taxi tests on Saturday, the last functional test planned before the -8 flies. We’re told that the airplane reached a top speed of 90 knots (103.5 mph, 166.6 kph) during the tests, with Chief Pilot Mark Feuerstein at the controls.


The 747-8 during taxi tests in Everett on Saturday.

We’ll be making available a live Webcast of the takeoff and landing at this site. That site will be available 24 hours before the flight.

You can check out more information about the first flight at Boeing.com and at newairplane.com.

Comments (8)

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

Congrats on the taxi tests on the 747-8, I cant wait to see the 8 model fly on Monday.

Mamang tsuper (Tung Chung, Hong Kong):

Fly baby fly! Spread your wings.

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Fantastic and historic. The confluence of the maiden flights of the Boeing 747-100 41 years ago and that of the 747-8F soon.

I realized I could watch live NASA TV - specifically, the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour for STS-130 on my mobile's REAL media player (Symbian S60). The NASA site has plugin options for REAL, Windows Media Player, etc.

Hopefully in the future, there will be more options at newairplane.com that enable a wider audience to experience events such as the 747-8F's maiden flight away from desktop PCs or laptops where ever they may be.

Thiagarajan (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia):

Another milestone, another superb performance..Congrat Boeing!

Tim L (Long Beach, Ca.):


First Flight of the New 747-8 Freighter was


Your Teamates here in Long Beach, Calif.

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Definitely worth the wait - and a bit more for the weather!

Well done!

Nancy (Bellevue, WA):

How long did it take to paint this new airplane? I watched it being built - and was just wondering. Does anyone know? This is such a beautiful plane. I love the new wings.

Jedicator (Kazakhstan):

My congratulations! Another great day for civil aviation!

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