Boeing has completed high-speed taxi tests on the first 747-8 Intercontinental today. This is the last in a series of functional tests planned in preparation for first flight.
“The pilots report the airplane performed well,” said Elizabeth Lund, Vice President & General Manager of the 747 programme. “We’ll analyse the test data, but we’re confident that the airplane is ready for first flight and ready to enter the flight test phase of the programme.”
During the testing, the aircraft reached a top speed of approximately 90 knots (167 kph), and the pilots lifted the nose gear from the pavement.