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Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental Flight Test

The second Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, RC021 has successfully made its first flight which took place on 26 April from Paine Field in Everett, Washington

27-Apr-2011


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The aircraft completed a three hour, twenty minute flight during which it reached an altitude of 28,000 feet and airspeed of 275 knots.

RC021 will be used primarily for testing various systems that will be fitted on the 747-8 Intercontinental, such as heating, venting and air conditioning, smoke detection and galleys. In addition, Boeing will conduct fuel consumption and reliability tests on the aircraft. The 747-8 Intercontinental test program will consist of approximately 600 hours of flight testing.

According to Boeing, the aircraft provides 16 percent better fuel economy, 16 percent less carbon emissions per passenger and generates a 30 percent smaller noise footprint than the 747-400.

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