Boeing 747 Chief Pilot Mark Feuerstein said the 747-8 freighter "performed as expected and handled just like a 747-400" during Monday's 3 hr. 39 min. first flight. The aircraft departed from Paine Field in Everett and followed a route over western Washington state before returning (ATWOnline, Feb. 9). The manufacturer said it successfully underwent tests for "basic handling qualities and engine performance." The GEnx-2B-powered aircraft reached a cruising altitude of 17,000 ft. (5,181 m.) ...

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