Boeing 747-8F in Iceland for crosswind tests. Last five photos taken April 14. 2011.

At last on May 9, I added five photos at the end of the list, taken on April 14, when the crew was able to finish the cross wind tests, with crosswinds up to 45 knots.
Last shot after the airplane was shut down and everybody was leaving. Gleaming in the after shower sunshine.


Sunday April 10 was the day that the new 747-8F arrived in Iceland for bad weather tests. Yesterday, April 11, the aircraft went up for some test landings, among other things,
landing with tailwinds. The crew would have liked higher winds than were available, but the airfield is amongst the best in the world for tests like these, the aircraft
having four runway directions to play with most of the day without delays from other kinds of traffic except for early mornings and two hours in the afternoon. Here
are a few photos the first three showing the first takeoff of the 747-800 series from Iceland. There are two photos of a Canadian Forces CF-18 taking off in the high
winds. These are stationed up here for a month doing airspace patrolling. Lastly two Icelandair 575s that have recently been modified with the fuel saving wingtip mods.


 

April 11, 2011. First takeoff, rw. 29.

April 11, 2011. First takeoff, rw. 29.

April 11, 2011. First takeoff, rw. 29.

April 11, 2011. Landing with tailwind on rw. 11.

April 11, 2011. Also landing with tailwind on rw. 11.

April 11, 2011. Landing on rw. 29.

April 11, 2011. Landing on rw. 29.

April 11, 2011. Taking off on rw. 20.

April 11, 2011. Taking off on rw. 20

April 11, 2011. Home.

April 11, 2011. Landing rw. 29.

April 14.2011. Landing with visible crab on rw. 20.

April 14.2011. Landing rw. 11.

April 14.2011. Touch and go on rw. 20.

April 14.2011. Missed approach on rw. 20.

April 14.2011. All over.