Boeing has moved the first 747-8 Freighter out of the paint hangar in Everett, Washington, with the aircraft sporting a special “light” livery.
Painted white with blue accents, the 747-8 Freighter unveiled a new twist on the Boeing Commercial Airplanes livery. It features an oversized ‘8’ on the background of the tail as well as ‘747-8’ on the belly.
The light livery, which saves time and expense compared to the full Boeing livery, will remain on the aircraft until the flight-test program is completed and the 747-8F is type-certified by the FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency. After flight testing is completed, the first 747-8F will be refurbished and delivered to launch customer Cargolux.
The first 747-8F will begin preparing for the necessary tests leading up to first flight in early 2010.