Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Boeing tests latest 747 in Iceland

Mary and I had the pleasure of having an up close and personal look at Boeing’s new 747-8I, which was in Iceland recently to undergo performance testing. This is the latest version of Boeing’s veritable aircraft.  While it looks very similar to previous 747 models, it shares its wing design, engines, interior, and cockpit with Boeing’s latest technological marvel:  the 787 Dreamliner.   Many of us dreamed of faraway places when we saw our first 747 so many years ago.  It was quite exhilarating to have a close look at the newest version of the plane in one of the faraway places we once dreamed about.  Iceland and Boeing’s partnership runs deep as Boeing has been coming to Iceland for years to test its aircraft under windy conditions and Icelandair’s entire fleet comes from Boeing.