February 4, 2016
On 29th January, the Boeing 737 MAX 8 took to the skies for the first time. The 737 MAX program achieved the milestone on schedule which begins a comprehensive flight-test program leading to certification and delivery.
With the latest technology LEAP-1B engines from CFM International and Boeing-designed Advanced Technology winglets, the first member of the efficient 737 MAX family completed a two-hour, 47-minute flight, taking off from Renton Field in Renton, Wash., at 9:46 a.m. local time and landing at 12:33 p.m. at Seattle’s Boeing Field.
During the flight, 737 MAX Chief Pilot Ed Wilson and Boeing Chief Test Pilot and Vice President of Flight Operations Craig Bomben departed to the north, reaching a maximum altitude of 25,000 feet (7,620 meters) and an airspeed of 250 knots, or about 288 miles (463 kilometers) per hour typical of a first flight sequence. While Capts. Wilson and Bomben tested the airplane’s systems and structures, onboard equipment transmitted real-time data to a flight-test team on the ground in Seattle.
A spectacular view from Lake Washington as the MAX takes off. Matthew Thompson photo.
Thousands of Boeing employees braved the rain to watch the takeoff of the first 737 MAX. The gloves, colored in MAX teal, sported a design mimicking the airplane’s new Advanced Technology winglet. Gail Hanusa photo.
Landing at Boeing Field. Jim Anderson photo.
Left to right, Boeing Chief Test Pilot and Vice President of Flight Operations Craig Bomben. 737 MAX Chief Pilot Ed Wilson. Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager, 737 MAX program. Marian Lockhart photo.
The original article can be found on the official Boeing Newsroom of the 29th January 2016
The photos can be found on Randy’s Journal, a blog of thoughts and observations hosted by Randy Tinseth, vice president marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes: MAX Magicboeing