It’s not unusual for pilots to wave their wings after takeoff on special occasions, but a Boeing 747-8 freighter on a delivery flight from Paine Field recently took the maneuver to a new level when it performed the wave just after the wheels left the pavement. Footage of the event shows the 747’s left wing dipping down to just a few feet off the ground before the airplane rolls to the right to complete the goodbye.
Reactions to the video online have been mixed, with some questioning the safety of the maneuver and others celebrating the freighter’s display. Check it out and decide for yourself.
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