Photos of Note: Lufthansa’s first 747-8 takes flight

Lufthansa Boeing 747-8I D-ABYA RC022

Lufthansa Boeing 747-8I D-ABYA RC022

Lufthansa Boeing 747-8I D-ABYA RC022

EVERETT — Sometimes running late pays off. 
I was zipping out the door this morning for the last day of the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance conference in Lynnwood and running a few minutes late (as those who know me I am sometimes prone to be) when Lufthansa’s first 747-8 taxied into position on Runway 16R at Paine Field. 
RC022 operating at Boeing 22, registered D-ABYA, did a quick rejected takeoff test turned around at the end of 16R and departed to the north a few minutes before 9 AM PT. 
The aircraft is expected to be handed over to Lufthansa in March. 
The full set of photos of D-ABYA’s first takeoff, which were shot through a barely cracked window of my hotel room, are below the fold.