Giant Boeing transporter takes to skies

Boeing's 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter takes to the skies for the first time

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Boeing’s 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter took to the skies for the first time last month. The gigantic plane is designed to accommodate around three times the cargo of a standard 747-400 freighter.

The plane took off from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (formerly Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport), heading north for a two hour spin before landing safely home. The flight represented the start of a 250 hour flight test program that should culminate in US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification.

“It went beautifully,” said Captain Joe MacDonald, who copiloted the plane. “Quite often during the flight, it was easy to forget you were in an LCF rather than a regular 747-400.”

The LCF will be used by Boeing to transport composite structures used in the forthcoming 787 Dreamliner. Evergreen Aviation Technologies, part of Taiwan’s Evergreen Group, has created the fleet of three LCFs by modifying the 747-400.

The planes will move parts between assembly points in Japan, Italy, Kansas and South Carolina before flying them to the Boeing factory in Washington state for final assembly. The first two LCFs will enter service in early 2007 if testing goes according to plan.Please do not copy the content on this pagePlease do not copy the content on this page

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