Boeing’s new jumbo – the longest and heaviest passenger jet the company has ever produced – took off at 9:58:41 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on March 20, using the flight number Boeing 008 Heavy. The aircraft left the ground after a take-off roll of just over 20 seconds.

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The aircraft – bearing the test registration N6009F and given the designation RC523 by Boeing – took off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington on February 3 for a 3-hour 30-minute flight before returning to the airfield.

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