Born to run

We’ve run the engines.

Today marked the completion of the first engine runs on the first flight test 787 Dreamliner.


Engines running: You can see waves of heat coming off the back of the engines in these photos.

In the initial runs this morning, the team operated the engines at a variety of power settings. The Auxiliary Power System got the two Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines started.


Frank Young (left) and Matt Andrews join another Everett Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) as they look at the 787 nacelle before today’s engine run tests. AMTs are the people responsible for preparation and testing of the airplane in all phases of pre-flight.

After some system checks, the team powered down the engines, then later in the afternoon restarted the engines for additional tests. We’re pleased with what we’re seeing as a result of these first tests today.


Coming up, the team will move Airplane #1 to the “Compass Rose” station to calibrate its navigational equipment.

People at the scene were able to see smoke at the start of the engine run – that was the result of the heating up of lubricants used during shipping of the engines.

But one of the main things we heard is that the engines were quiet! How quiet? One of our 787 communications staff was standing a couple of hundred yards away and was able to make a phone call as the engines ran.

Bottom line is, the team is working really hard. And it certainly feels good to be able to show you visible progress on the Dreamliner on a regular pace.

Comments (13)

Kinbin (Taipei Taiwan):

Kudos to the team!!!

An APU driven engine start is a major milestone accomplished. That means stand-alone power for a barrage of tests, and low / high speed taxi runs later and RTOs. Let's start moving the action items to the left for a change.

*Brownie* to you for getting the information promptly out on your sounding board.

Hope that you can also start posting short 30-sec vid clips from the "inside" during some of the critical tests during the run up to first flight.

Hernan Saldana (Lima - Peru):

I agree with Kinbin: KUDOS for the Dreamliner team!!!

I have been following the development of this airplane and I even managed to "inspect" it when I took the Boeing factory tour when was in Seattle. So I am pretty excited that we are getting closer and closer to the first flight.

I can only imagine the excitement that the designated pilot for the first flight must be feeling, knowing that he will be the one to take the ship to the skies for the first flight ever.

Randy, you definitely need to comply with the request to post short videos of the tests. All your fans are going to love them!!!

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

Amazing images, I saw the engine run on a video, the Trent 1000 engine was very quiet. It is only a very short time until we see the 787 taxi on its own.

Matt Eisler (Williamsburg):

I would love to have heard them start, get lit and
spool up. The electric starters on the B200 King Air I used to fly were unique in their sound. I am left
to wonder what the electric starter/generators sound
like on the Trents. I guess I will have to wait.

Congratulations Boeing and Rolls Royce. Well Done!

James (Honolulu, Hawaii):

One small step for man... no, not that significant, but congrats to the 787 team. Now get this bird into the air!

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Awesome engine! Every new view of the 787 impresses - that is one fine airplane you got there, sir.

Daniel Tsang (Hong Kong):

Congratulations to Randy and every Boeing member!


Glad to see such prompt coverage of the milestone event for the 787.

It would be exciting and helpful for you to bring us up to date on this last leg before flight. Any information on progress and success would be greatly appreciated.

Good Luck!

Chris C (South Africa):

Congratulations and Well Done!" WOW!!! The 787 is the world's most technologically advanced commercial airplane, ever!! 787 is born to fly...CEO (Chief Efficiency Officer)

P.Sumantri (France):

Somebody wrote 787 on the grass (or the remaining of it).

See the "787" inscription here


Looks like it´s only the top pick where the engine is running, the 2nd pick is too close and the white painting in the center of the engine don´t seem to move?

What kind of timing on the camera on those two top pictures?
Good to see this bird getting ready to try its wings about time.

Phil (Wokingham (UK)):

Excellent progress, but hey you chaps how about handing some credit to Rolls Royce not only for the advanced engineering applied to these RR power plants but also having them ready in some form when ever Boeing were finally ready to go.

Adolfo A. Pedregosa (Tung Chung, Hong Kong):

Look at those engines running! Airbus must be fretting now.

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