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Boeing 777X Takes First Flight Into Troubled Skies for Jumbos

With folding wingtips like a Navy fighter jet, the embattled planemaker’s largest-ever model is the 747’s heir apparent.

Boeing Conducts Third Attempt At First Flight Of 777X Airplane

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Boeing Co.’s newest plane, so big that its wings are hinged, finally rumbled into the skies over the Washington factory complex constructed a half century ago for the original jumbo jet.

After a delay Friday because of high winds, the jet took off from Boeing Field at 10:09 a.m. PST Saturday and landed successfully almost four hours later. It’s set to fly again on Tuesday and undergo tests for as long as 10 months.