First flight of Boeing’s 747-8 Intercontinental

Boeing began initial test flights of the 747-8 Intercontinental, Boeing’s largest passenger plane, at Paine Field on Sunday, March 20, 2011. The freighter version of the 747-8 had its first flight in February 2010.

Boeing 747-8 tour

Not yet available for commercial purchase, I was able to take a tour of the first test Boeing 747-8′s with Seattle Times aviation reporter Dominc Gates and photographer Mike Siegel. Based on the same 747 designs developed in the 1960′s, this cargo freighter will be larger and more fuel-efficient than previous models. Boeing vice president…