Saturday, January 30, 2016

MAX Magic

Just about everything on the 737 MAX program has been right on time. Friday's first flight was no exception— with takeoff a little ahead of schedule to get ahead of bad weather.

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Wheels up for the maiden flight of the 737 MAX at Renton Field. Paul Gordon photo.

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A spectacular view from Lake Washington as the MAX takes off. Matthew Thompson photo.

It was a proud moment for all of us at Boeing, including thousands of employees who turned out at Renton Field to watch takeoff.

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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.

The airplane performed just as expected, with the pilots staying up for just under 3 hours.

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Air to air. Paul Weatherman photo.

We were also thrilled to share the moment with our airline customers and suppliers. Thanks to everyone for getting us to this milestone moment.

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Landing at Boeing Field. Jim Anderson photo.

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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.

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