With 747 Chief Pilot Mark Feuerstein and Capt. Tom Imrich in the flight deck, the 747-8 Freighter took off at 12:39 p.m. local time, Feb. 8 from Paine Field in Everett, Washington and landed at Paine Field at 4:18 p.m.
The 747-8 followed a route over Western Washington, where it underwent tests for basic handling qualities and engine performance. The airplane reached a cruising altitude of 17,000 feet (5,181 m) and a speed up to 230 knots, or about 264 miles (426 km) per hour. First Flight launches a test program that will include more than 1,600 flight hours.