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Spectators gather to watch the new Boeing 747-8 freighter during taxi tests for the new airplane on Saturday Feb. 6, 2010 at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. (AP Photo/Seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo) Spectators gather to watch the new Boeing 747-8 freighter during taxi tests for the new airplane on Saturday Feb. 6, 2010 at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. (AP Photo/Seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo)
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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The biggest plane Boeing Co. has ever built takes off on its first flight.

The 747-8 freighter lifted off from Paine Field in Everett on Monday — one day short of the 41st anniversary of the first flight of the first 747 model.

The 747-8 is 250 feet long — about 18 feet longer than current 747s. It has new wings, engines and technology to make it more fuel-efficient. The new freighter is expected to enter service late this year, while a passenger version is due for delivery in late 2011.

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