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The Story Of The Boeing 747’s First Test Flight
The City of Everett took off at approximately 11:30 with a three-man crew onboard.
Excerpt from SimpleFlying.com (originally published in 2023):
Registered N7470 and christened with the nickname ‘City of Everett,’ the aircraft was the first-ever Boeing 747 to roll off Boeing’s jumbo jet production lines and was designated with the responsibility of being a test-bed for the program.
And on February 9th, 1969, N7470 took off for the first time from Everett Paine Field as hundreds of people gathered nearby. Piloting the test flight was Boeing Chief Test Pilot Jack Waddell. He was also accompanied by Engineering Test Pilot Brien Singleton Wygle and Flight Engineer Jesse Arthur Wallick.
Although most of the morning was grey and cloudy, the weather improved and the skies grew clearer as the flight took off at approximately 11:20 that morning, with Waddell easing the throttles forward to allow the N7470 to accelerate down the runway. The aircraft reached speeds of roughly 263.93 kilometers per hour when its nose lifted, and its wheels were off the runway.