Boeing's 747-8 Intercontinental set for first flight

With good weather in the Seattle area, the next generation of the aviation giant's most iconic plane is slated for a 10 a.m. PT first flight today. CNET is on hand for full coverage.

The all-new Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, which the aviation giant formally unveiled last month in Everett, Washington, and which is scheduled to make its first flight Sunday. Daniel Terdiman/CNET

EVERETT, Wash.--The skies are clear, the sun is out, and the plane is ready. Boeing's 747-8 Intercontinental is all set for its first flight.

With a two-hour window for the inaugural flight starting at 10 a.m. PT today, it appears that all is go for inaugural flight of the all-new version of Boeing's most iconic passenger jet. The flight comes about 13 months after the February 8, 2010, first flight of the 747-8 Freighter .

Thousands of Boeing employees and families, as well as fans of the 747, and a cadre of press will be on hand for the flight. The plane--which Boeing has painted with a red, orange, and white livery--is expected to be aloft for at least a couple of hours before landing later today at Boeing Field in Seattle.

CNET will be on hand for the first flight and first landing and will be covering both extensively. Please stay tuned for all our coverage today.

 

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