No sign of movement yet for RC501, the first 747-8, here at Everett while preparations for the start of taxi tests continue. Boeing officially opens the first flight test window for the stretched 747 at 10am on Monday Feb 8 and we’ll be back here reporting for you on that. The second 747-8, RC521, was meanwhile towed to the fuel dock early this morning and was last understood to be having its on-board weight and balance system tested.
Meanwhile, down at Boeing Field, both 787’s ZA001 and ZA002 are expected to be in action today – the first 787 returning to the air for the first time since the completion of its layup following initial airworthiness testing in December and January. The aircraft was originally due to resume tests yesterday but was delayed to today. ZA001 and 002 are both expected to be stall testing today.
While testing on all these new aircraft projects gets underway the day to day business of delivering production models continues. Today at Everett the latest 777F for FedEx took to the air for its third flight since its initial sortie on Feb 1. The aircraft, due for delivery later this month, is still airborne as I post this.
FedEx 777F N852FD takes the runway at Paine Field, note 747-8 RC521 at the fuel dock in the distance to the far left. (Guy Norris photo)