Upcoming 747-8F development and certification tests will focus on a myriad of flight-deck and system improvements designed to sustain both the freighter and passenger models well into the 21st century. As with the architecture of the airframe, Boeing is adopting a balanced approach to the upgrade, which takes advantage of 777 and 787-level technology as far as possible without alienating existing 747-400 operators. The fine balance is best illustrated in the flight deck. Despite being ...

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