Direct to Ethiopia is Still Not That Heavy

Ethiopian Airlines has been taking delivery of some Boeing 777F freighters for their cargo operations.  One of the new jets was being readied for delivery while I was at Paine Field.  Operations were in a northerly direction so, from the terrace on top of the Future of Flight, we were going to get a good view.  I was hoping that a direct flight to Bole in Ethiopia would be sufficiently long to mean that the jet would be very heavy with fuel and would run long on take off giving us a good view of rotation.  However, while there was a lot of fuel on board, the lack of any other payload meant it still got off the ground pretty swiftly.  Still, it was a good view of the initial climb out.

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