Boeing's 747-8 Intercontinental is in the air

At 9:58 a.m. Pacific time on Sunday, the first 747-8 Intercontinental took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash.

Boeing's 747-8 Intercontinental takes off for its first flight. Daniel Terdiman/CNET

EVERETT, Wash.--"Ready, ready, go."

With those words, blasted from a public address system at Paine Field here, Boeing's first 747-8 Intercontinental revved its engines and began its high-speed roll down the runway for takeoff.

And at 9:58 a.m. PDT today, the all-new model of Boeing's most iconic passenger plane took to the air for the first time, trailed by two T-33 chaser planes and cheered on by hundreds of Boeing employees.

Piloted by Mark Feuerstein and Paul Stemer, the plane took off into a clear sky and quickly banked left, headed for the beautiful waters of the Pacific Northwest.

CNET is on hand for the first flight. Please stay tuned for a full story and photo gallery from the event.

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