For the first time in Boeing’s commercial flight test experience, the bulk of the program will be based away from Seattle, while the scale and capabilities of the 747-8F will require testing at the edges of the company’s know-how. The effort is led by Andy Hammer, Boeing 747-8 test program manager, a veteran of previous stretch certification and test programs including the 747 Large Cargo Freighter (LCF). The aircraft, a key cog in the 787 production logistics wheel, was also the first 747 ...

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