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747-8F take air for the first time

With a chase plane

Right engine smoking

Left engine smoking

Sniffing dog

Three tails

747-400 in assembly

747 cab

Watching

Taxiing out

747-8F from behind

Front wheels up

All wheels up

In the air with chase plane

787 takeoff

Dreamlifter

Engine run

Paint roll-out

Into the clouds

On Monday, Boeing's 747-8 Freighter took to the air for its first flight from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., joining the 787 Dreamliner in a test flight regimen. The 747-8F is the cargo version of the passenger plane that will take Boeing's flagship jumbo jet into the 21st century.
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The 747-8F's first flight was delayed nearly three hours by low cloud cover. Once it was ready, the pilot waited until two chase planes could circle around and fly by as it sped down the jetway.
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The 747-8F's right engines begin to emit smoke as they are powered on in preparation for taxiing out for its first flight.
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The left engines begin emitting smoke as they are powered up.
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The press corps had to wait until bags were sniffed by a dog looking for explosives.
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The tails of the three test 747-8Fs. The program's first flight took place on Monday.
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Even as Boeing moves forward with the 747-8 program, it is still producing 747-400s. Here, a 747-400 is seen in the giant assembly plant in Everett, Wash., in 2006.
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The cab of a 747-400 in the assembly plant in 2006.
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Boeing employees watch the 747-8F taxi out from a series of scissor lifts.
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The first 747-8F taxis out for its first flight on Monday, February 8, at Paine Field in Everett, Wash.
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A rear view of the 747-8F as it taxis down the runway in preparation for its first flight.
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The 747-8F's front wheels are up in the air at 12:39 p.m. PST at Paine Field.
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All the 747-8F's wheels are up in the air.
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The chase planes fly by the 747-8F as it takes off.
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On December 15, 2009, Boeing's 787 Dreamliner took off for its first flight. This is the first time the company has had two major programs in flight testing at the same time.
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One of Boeing's famous Dreamlifters, which is used to fly 787 Dreamliner fuselages, on the tarmac at Paine Field.
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Boeing conducts an engine test on December 8, 2009. These are two of the 747-8F's four engines.
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On November 18, 2009, Boeing rolls out the 747-8F for painting.
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After takeoff, the 747-8F disappears into the clouds. The first flight was scheduled to last about four hours.
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