Second 747-8 freighter completes first flight

A SECOND Boeing 747-8 freighter successfully completed its first flight last Sunday.

“The airplane performed well on its first flight,” said Andy Hammer, Boeing’s test programme manager for the 747-8. “It was a good start to a demanding flight-test program for this airplane.”

This is the second of three 747-8 freighters being used in the flight-test programme. Each will be used for a specific set of tests, with this one’s test focusing on noise, environmental control systems and extended operation performance standards.

It will eventually be delivered to Nippon Cargo Airlines.

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