The 747-8F Intercontinental Freighter is the next generation freighter that brings the classic industry icon into the new century and beyond. The popular 747 family set a new standard when it entered service in early 1970. Its unique partial double deck design and tall stabilizer remind many of a whale, the whale that represents international travel.
With the economy on a downward spiral, commercial travel as competitive ever, and an aging platform, Boeing responded to its customers’ needs for a more efficient, larger aircraft that can haul more passengers and/or freight on less fuel, all the while being a little quieter. Enter the 747-8 Intercontinental, an extensive refresh of 747-400 with next generation engines, new wings, and an extended fuselage.
Project Opensky has been developing models for Microsoft Flight Simulator for many, many year now. Their focus on the Boeing family brings the mainstream, workhorse airliners, such as the 737 and 777, to our desktops. Completing the 747 family is the 747-8F which joins the AL-1, Air Force One, and the other 747 variants in POSKY’s download library.
The 747-8F is a beautiful bird and meets the high quality expectations that POSKY is known for. My only nitpick is that the model does not include a virtual cockpit, which makes flying in FSX a little limiting. What really impresses me is the wing flex. Taking off from Everett, I watched in awe as the wings created lift, rose before the fuselage and then gracefully lifted the large airplane into the air!
For more information on POSKY’s release of the Boeing 747-8F, read this announcement. It is also available for download in their library. Note, if you intend to use this model in FSX, please download the FSX model package in addition to the base pack.