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3/20/2011--Everett, WA, USA..The first successful test flight for Boeing's new 747-8 wide-body commercial jet airliner took place at Paine Field north of Seattle. Officially announced in 2005, the 747-8 is the fourth-generation Boeing 747 version, with lengthened fuselage, redesigned wings and improved efficiency. The 747-8 is the largest 747 version, the largest commercial aircraft built in the United States, and the longest passenger aircraft in the world...The 747-8 is offered in two main variants: the 747-8 Intercontinental (747-8I) for passengers and the 747-8 Freighter (747-8F) for cargo...©2011 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.