The full text of Boeing’s News Release for “Boeing 747 Large Cargo Freighter Arrives in Seattle” is located at
http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2006/q3/060916a_nr.html. The article includes pictures of the landing at KBFI and the interior.
SEATTLE, Sept. 16, 2006 – Boeing (NYSE: BA) today celebrated the arrival of the first of three specially modified 747-400 passenger jets that will be used to transport the large composite sections and wings of the all-new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter (LCF) touched down at Seattle’s Boeing Field at 8:08 a.m. PDT, ending a non-stop, 13-hour, 17-minute flight from Taipei, Taiwan.
The LCF’s arrival in Seattle signals a new phase of the airplane’s flight test program, which began when the airplane made its first flight in Taipei on Sept. 9, 2006. Since then, the LCF successfully completed two additional flights, which demonstrated its airworthiness and ability to complete the ferry flight to Seattle.
“It was a beautiful flight,” said Capt. Joe MacDonald, 747 chief pilot. “The LCF is such an important part of Boeing’s business going forward.”