The 747-8 freighter achieved first flight yesterday, taking off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., at around 12:40 p.m. local time following a nearly 3-hr. weather delay and landing at the same airport at 4:18 p.m., marking the start of flight testing for the latest derivative of Boeing's successful widebody program. The flight occurred after two delays to the -8 program owing largely to overtaxed engineering (ATWOnline, Oct. 7, 2009) and one day short of today's 41st anniversary of the ...

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