EVERETT (CBS Seattle/AP) — Boeing is showing its Seahawks spirit in a big way ahead of the team’s Super Bowl appearance Sunday. The company unveiled a 747 freighter painted with the team logo and a number 12 on the tail along with the words ‘Spirit of 12s’ and ‘Go Hawks!’ It rolled out of the hangar Wednesday at Paine Field in Everett.
Thursday the plane took flight over Washington to fly in a 12 pattern over the eastern part of the state. (Track its progress here.) The freighter is owned by Boeing and used for flight testing.
So why the 747? Here are a few statistics: Boeing says Russell Wilson’s longest pass this season (240 feet) is almost as long as the fuselage of the plane (243.5 feet). The freighter is also equipped to carry 302,400 one-pound bags of Skittles, which are a favorite of Marshawn Lynch on the sidelines. CenturyLink field seats 67,000; it would take 144 747 freighters to carry all those Seahawks fans, according to Boeing.
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