After finally being painted in a beautiful tribute livery and released to the flight line, D-ABYT finally took to the skies today for her inaugural flight, also known in Boeing-speak as a B1 flight.

She took off early in the afternoon after a 3 hour weather delay at Paine Field and is due back later today.

Next up is a B2 flight which will be followed up by a C1 (Customer) flight and ultimately delivery to Lufthansa on or about March 13.    She will no doubt be the guest of honor when Lufthansa celebrates its 60th Anniversary in mid-April.

So for now, enjoy the images of our favorite new Queen of the Skies!  I’ll be back later after she lands.

For additional photos of her, please click here and here for my other related posts.

 

Preparing for taxi test

Preparing for taxi test

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High speed taxi test completed successfully.

Moments after takeoff from Paine Field

Moments after takeoff from Paine Field