A Boeing Seahawks 747 was seen flying over Washington. The company painted the Seattle team logo onto the freighter and the Number 12 on the tail to salute the fans. The plane rolled out of a hangar on Jan. 29 at Paine Field in Everett.
The company painted the Seattle Seahawks 747 freighter and the Number 12 on the tail to salute the fans. The plane rolled out of a hangar on Jan. 29 at Paine Field in Everett. It flew to Boeing Field in Seattle on Thursday for a brief stop and then took off to fly a 12 pattern over Eastern Washington.
The freighter is owned by Boeing and used for flight testing.
Boeing partners with the Seahawks on program in the Puget Sound area and is displaying the 747 as a tribute to the team’s success as it heads into the Super Bowl.
The Seahawks, of course, are facing off against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, Feb. 2, at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
Boeing is a sponsor of the Seattle Seahawks and says it “has partnered with the team for more than a decade on programs in the Puget Sound area.”
Boeing moved its headquarters from Seattle to Chicago in 2001, but has long history in the region and the company remains one of the biggest employers in greater Seattle.
“The Seahawks have been an inspiration to our entire community throughout this incredible season,” Ray Conner, Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO, says in a statement describing the special aircraft. “We’re honored that we could join together two Northwest icons, the Seahawks and the 747, for this special salute from the entire Boeing team.”
Boeing says it owns the jet and is currently using it for flight testing. The aircraft is scheduled to make its first flight Thursday (Jan. 30).
“The 747 team is proud that one of our airplanes could be used as a tribute to the Seahawks’ success this season and a rallying cry for the team as they prepare for the Super Bowl,” Eric Lindblad, VP and general manager of Boeing’s 747 program, adds in the statement. “The partnerships we have with the Seahawks and others are making a positive difference in the communities where Boeing employees live and work. We join with all Seahawks fans in wishing the team success on Sunday.”