Slow ride

Under brilliant sunshine and blue skies, the 787 Dreamliner took a short, slow, and significant trip Saturday afternoon.

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The Dreamliner makes its way out of the fuel dock Saturday - in reverse!

Airplane #1, or ZA001, has completed initial fueling and fuel testing. Clearly, our Everett team has done an outstanding job working around the clock to reach this point.

With those tasks completed, the airplane was able to move from fuel dock to pre-flight delivery stall #105 on the flight line in Everett - all the while backing down the line tail first.

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En route to a pre-flight delivery stall, passing one Dreamlifter, with another a short distance beyond.

On its way, ZA001 passed Dreamlifter N780BA in stall F1. Then the first flight test 787 continued on in the sunlight near the point we call “Compass Rose” before heading to stall 105, which will be “home” for the next stage of tests.

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Pushing on, past Compass Rose (top photo). And finally, parked in stall 105 on the flight line.

While she’s in stall 105 the Dreamliner will undergo engine runs, build verification tests, and gauntlet testing - all leading to a not so slow ride, in the not so distant future, down the runway for first flight.

Comments (17)

Saj A. (Manchester, _'):

Brilliant to see this event being reached.

Roll on first flight!

Mark:

What an exquisite aircraft. Up until now the 757 was the most elegant looking airplane I thought I had ever seen, but you folks have outdone yourself.

If she flies like she looks, you are going to have a wonderful first flight. Congratulations!!!

P.Sumantri (France):

It's coming closer to first flight and certification!

I can only suppose that certification parts that do not need flight testing have progressed significantly since the media briefing in April.

Flying the aircraft is the visible part of flight test. I would really love to hear something from the people who work "in the dark". Those are the people who collect flight test data via telemetry and from on board computers, do the number crunching, analyze the results and write down certification documents.
They will be working very hard during the next several months.

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Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Well said Mark - that plane looks like the type to carry forward a whole generation of Dreams - it will be the inspiration for future flyers. Excellent!

Matt Eisler (Williamsburg):

Something I hadn't really appreciated in the hanger photos was how very different the engine/wing interface is on the 787. Much tighter and less of the pylon showing on the frontal view. Lovely airplane.

Bruce, (ATP/CFI)////Central California:

Nice to see Ship 001 nearing flight test date. These photos show off the high bypass engines and high aspect ratio wings. Nice to see some serious aero engineering invested in drag reduction/efficiency on on the horizontal stab. Seems to me stab usually gets the smallest slice of the r&d pie ;-)

hamilcar (Philippines):

Within months Boeing will know if future 777 will be built in the same way. If affirmative Boeing probably will start building sections of composite pieces, test and retest them day and night so that when the rival thinks it's ready to overwhelm the market it will instead find itself facing a pincer movement of 787 and 777 nX.

Adolfo Pedregosa (Tung Chung, Hong Kong):

Loved those saw-toothed engine exhaust. It will be the signature of the B787.

B787 rocks!

Barun Majumdar (Seattle, WA, USA):

Yes, she looks exquisite awaiting the the legendary fligth!

Tom (Long Beach, CA):

Awesome Airplane, best wishes on First Flight!

Robert McWilliams (Orange County, California):

Forget the slow ride part already. We want to see it go fast ... very, very fast!!

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

Progress on the 787 is coming step by step but very assured, The times ahead are going to be exciting.

Chris C (South Africa):

Simply, the super-efficient 787 Dreamliner is an absolute beauty! Roll on first flight!!

Nguyen Hoang Duc (Vietnam) (Halle, Sachsen - Anhalt, Germany):

Good news follows good news.
Boeing 787 is quite excellent airplane, from the first ideas to the production, even though Boeing has to face a lot of troubles. But finally, everything is pretty fluent in the end. Hope everything continue going well.

See ZA001 soon her maiden flight.

Lori (Huntington Beach, CA):

Rock on..........

Jorge (Chicago,IL):

Are the slats missing? The bottom of the leading edge looks funny.

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Jorge,

I commend you on your very sharp eye.

You are right. During fueling operations we had all leading and trailing edges removed to inspect for any potential fuel leaks during the first 787 fueling operation. There were no leaks in the wing structure, further validating the quality of the build. We chose to move the airplane to the flight line stall with all panels removed to enable on-going inspection and preparations prior to engine run.

-- Randy Tinseth

Dave (Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England):

What a looker!-good luck to Mr Carriker and crew!-does anyone know the significance (if any) of the prefix 'ZA' ?

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