747-8F First Flight
After a two and a half hour delay due to low ceilings, the
Boeing 747-8F took to the skies for the very first time today flying as
"BOEING 501 Heavy Experimental" departing off of Paine Field's runway
34L. The plane received clearance for an unrestricted climb to 10,000 feet and
was picked up on the departure roll by two Boeing company CT-33 chase planes.
The plane was in the air for a little over three and a half hours and reached a maximum speed of 300 knots with a maximum altitude of 17,000 feet. It was decided between the Boeing company telemetry room and the pilots of BOE501 that they would plan on returning to Paine Field at 1615 local time and did so in some wonderful winter afternoon light.