Boeing's new 747-8F freighter made its maiden flight on 8 February, with captains Mark Feuerstein and Tom Imrich at the controls. This kicked off a planned 1,600h, three-aircraft flight-test campaign.
Of this, more than 400 flights, covering 1,100h, have been completed.
However, as Boeing has put the new jumbo freighter through its paces -
including a record 453,600kg (1,000,000lb) take-off for the 747 -
technical issues have surfaced. This has prompted time-consuming
troubleshooting and resolutions, and pushed first delivery of the
freighter to Cargolux from late 2010 to mid-2011 under a delay confirmed
in late September. Continue reading...