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Boeing's 747-8 takes off after weather delay

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By Michelle Dunlop, Herald Writer
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  • The Boeing Co.'s 747-8 freighter takes from Everett's Paine Field at 12:39 p.m. Monday afternoon.

    Michael O'Leary / The Herald

    The Boeing Co.'s 747-8 freighter takes from Everett's Paine Field at 12:39 p.m. Monday afternoon.

EVERETT -- The Boeing Co.'s 747-8 freighter began its first flight at 12:39 p.m. today, launching from Everett's Paine Field for three to five hours of tests.

Learn more about the new features of the 747-8 in our animated graphic.
The plane's first flight had been set for 10 a.m., but it was delayed as pilots waited for more visibility. Boeing's revamped 747-8 takes to the skies nearly two months after the maiden flight of the company's all-new 787 Dreamliner. The company used some of the Dreamliner's new technology in updating its classic 747 jumbo jet. The 747-8 includes a new wing design and engines similar to those on the 787. The company is running about a year behind schedule on its new 747-8 Freighter, due partly to delays on the 787. If flight testing of the new freighter goes well, Boeing plans to deliver the first 747-8 cargo jet to customer, Cargolux, late this year. The company will hand over the first passenger version of the airplane late in 2011.
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