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Video: GE9X Engine Takes To The Skies

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The GE9X engine lifted off on March 13 under the wing of GE Aviation’s 747 flying testbed for its first flight test in Victorville, California.
 
The engine that will power Boeing’s new 777X aircraft took to the air around 10:40 a.m. U.S. Pacific Time and flew for more than 4 hr. on its first flight. During the flight, the aircraft and engine completed the entire test card and validated key operational and functional characteristics enabling the test campaign to progress in subsequent flights.
 
“The GE9X and Victorville teams have spent months preparing for the flight of the engine, and their efforts paid off today with a picture-perfect first flight,” says Ted Ingling, general manager of the GE9X program at GE Aviation. “Today’s flight starts the beginning of the GE9X flight test campaign that will last for several months, allowing us to accumulate data on how the engine performs at altitude and during various phases of flight.” View video.

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