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  • Faster 747-8 variant comes together
    Posted by Guy Norris 1:59 AM on Jun 15, 2010

    Fuselage assembly of the first 747-8 Intercontinental is getting underway at Boeing’s factory in Everett, Wash. Panels for the 31-foot, 8-inch long front section 41 of the new aircraft have been loaded into the assembly tool. Unlike the first batch of -8Fs, this section 41 is distinguished by windows for the upper deck passenger cabin. The superior aerodynamics of the stretched upper deck will give the 747-8I the edge when it comes to cruise speed over the -8F. According to Boeing’s pre-flight test predictions, the -8I should cruise at a comfortable Mach 0.855 compared to Mach 0.845 for the freighter. It will be interesting to see how well the predictions match the actual optimum cruise speed numbers now being assessed by RC521 as it burns holes in the Pacific sky during the on-going NAMS flight tests.

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    Boeing has 109 orders for the 747-8 -- 33 for the 747-8 Intercontinental and 76 for the 747-8 Freighter. The first 747-8 Intercontinental is scheduled to deliver in late 2011.

    Tags: tw99, Boeing, 747-8, Intercontinental, freighter, RC521

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