Watch Boeing 777X take off on first test flight

CNET | 1/25/2020 | Staff
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The new Boeing 777X features wingtips that fold up. You can see one of those in the upright position just behind the cockpit here.

After a delay Friday due to windy conditions, Boeing's newest airliner, the 777X, took to the skies Saturday on its first-ever test flight. The plane left the ground shortly after 10 a.m. PT and will be aloft for several hours as pilots put it through its paces. The company tweeted out a link to a page where you can track the plane on its maiden voyage.

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The first Boeing #777X is in flight. After a few hours of flying, the jet will land at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington.

A next-generation model in the 26-year-old 777 family, the 777X is the first commercial aircraft with fold-up wingtips. Like Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, the aircraft is made from composite materials and has larger windows and a redesigned passenger cabin. Able to carry more people and fly farther than existing 777 models, it'll be the most efficient twin-engine plane in the world, Boeing says.

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The plane's standout feature is the movable wingtips that'll cut the aircraft's enormous wingspan from 235 feet down to just under 213 feet, letting the 777X fit on existing airport taxiways and at terminal gates where older 777s can operate. The Airbus A380's 261-foot wingspan forced airports to make expensive modifications when the double-decker plane debuted in 2007, something Boeing wants...
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