Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:
- Boeing Readies for 747-8 First Flight
- Dozens of Mudslides Block Rail Lines
- Microsoft's Zune Sails Away
First Flight Plans for 747-8
Boeing's newest passenger jet could make its maiden voyage as early as Sunday. The Herald of Everett Michelle Dunlop reports the only obstacles are some tests on taxiing the plane and a thumbs-up from the Federal Aviation Administration:
"The team continues to do great work to get the 747-8 Intercontinental into the air," said Elizabeth Lund, vice president and general manager, 747 program. "It'll be a great day for the team when the airplane flies."
In the run-up to first flight, Boeing conducted flight simulation tests last weekend. The freighter version of the 747-8 is already in the air for tests, Dunlop writes. Initial deliveries of the freighter jets are scheduled by year's end.