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Published: Friday, February 4, 2011, 11:04 a.m.

Boeing's fifth 747-8 Freighter enters flight testing

The Boeing Co.s fifth 747-8 freighter has entered flight testing, the company said Friday.

The latest jumbo jet made its first flight, which lasted three hours and 30 minutes, on Thursday from Everett's Paine Field.

The flight included a standard 2-hour, 30-minute "B1" flight profile that Boeing conducts on all production airplanes prior to delivery, plus an hour of engineering testing woven into the profile.

"The airplane performed well," said Andy Hammer, test program manager for 747-8. "It was a fine start to the test plan for this airplane."

The airplane will remain based at Paine Field throughout its test plan.

Boeing expects to deliver its first freighter this year.

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