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Fri, Mar 19, 2010

Third 747-8 Freighter Joins Flight Test

Flight Testing Proceeding With Deliveries To Begin Late In The Year

The third Boeing 747-8 Freighter, RC 521, successfully completed its first flight Wednesday. It is the final test airplane scheduled to participate in the flight-test program for the 747-8 Freighter.

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Piloted by Captains Paul Stemer and Keith Otsuka, with Ralph Chaffin serving as systems operator, RC 521 took off from Paine Field (KPAE) in Everett, WA, completed a two-and-a-half-hour flight and landed at Boeing Field (KBFI) in Seattle. The airplane reached an altitude of 30,000 feet  and an airspeed of 245 knots, or about 282 miles per hour. It took off at 1527 PDT and landed at 1758.

RC 521 has several tests scheduled in the test program, including fuel-mileage testing. The 747-8 Freighter flight-test program calls for all three airplanes to perform approximately 3,700 hours of testing both on the ground and in the air. The first 747-8 Freighter delivery is planned for the fourth quarter of this year.

FMI: www.boeing.com

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