Breaking News: Boeing 747-8F makes its first flight

Boeing 501 Heavy Experimental, the ATC call sign of the first flight of the 747-8F lifted off runway 34L of Paine Field in Everett, Washington, USA, at 12:39pm PST (20:39 GMT). Smooth and silent.

Congratulations Team Boeing.

For live video of the landing, visit the Boeing 747-8 first flight site. Follow the flight live, here.

Update 1

N747EX lifts off from runway 34L. Click on the image for a high resolution view. Observe the initials of Jack Waddell, the pilot commanding the first flight of the very first Boeing 747 on February 9, 1969, on the nose gear flaps.

Boeing_747-8F_First_Flight_Liftoff RC501 Boeing 501 Heavy Experimental N747EXAs the sun returned over the horizon, RC501 calls sign Boeing 501 Heavy Experimental, returned home to Paine field.

Boeing_747-8F_First_Flight_Touchdown Freighter RC501 Boeing 501 Heavy Experimental N747EX

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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