GEnx Engine For New Boeing 747-8 Begins Flight-Testing on Historic 747The engine flew underneath the wing of N747GE a 747-121 (19651/25), formerly of Pan American Airways and the 16th 747 ever built and delivered in March 1970. Most recently, the aircraft served as the the test bed for the GEnx-1B and GE90-115B engines that power the 787-8 and 777-300ER/200LR/F aircraft, respectively.
VICTORVILLE, CALIFORNIA - March 24, 2009 - The new GEnx-2B jet engine for Boeing's new 747-8 aircraft has begun flight-testing on GE Aviation's 747 flying test-bed.
During the five-hour first flight Monday (March 23), a single GEnx-2B engine demonstrated aircraft systems and instrumentation functionality, climbing close to 40,000 feet and establishing engine performance baseline. About 40 flights with the engine are planned for this spring and summer.
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