Flying high again

At 9:09 Tuesday morning, Seattle time, a beautiful sight rose into the clouds above Paine Field.

ZA002, our second flight test Dreamliner, flew for the first time.

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The second flight test 787 leaves the ground.

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ZA002 in flight, bearing the livery of launch customer ANA (All Nippon Airways) of Japan.

This first flight for Airplane #2 lasted just a tad over 2 hours, and touched down at Boeing Field.

For this second Dreamliner flight, Captain Randy Neville was at the controls and Chief Pilot Mike Carriker was co-pilot. They took the airplane to 13,000 feet (3,962 m) and an airspeed of 200 knots, or about 230 miles (370 km) per hour.

As V.P. and general manager of the 787 Program, Scott Fancher said, getting two of the six flight test airplanes in the air before the end of the year “gives us a solid footing” as we head into a very busy flight test program in 2010.

Comments (6)

Andrew (Spokane, WA, USA):

Good luck with flight test program. The creativity and determination that all of you at Boeing have demonstrated so far on the 787 program will undoubtedly stand you in good stead over the inevitable ups and down of the coming months.

Thanks by the way for the first flight webcast, it was truly a thrill for an aviation geek like me to see it all unfold live.

CHRIS GIBSON (AUSTRALIA):

Loving it. Hope all the "Knockers" are choking on their cornflakes! Happy Christmas Randy and all at Boeing. Can't wait so see a Qantas 787

David B. (Ft.Lauderdale, Fl. USA):

Congrats to Boeing again on getting 2 787's in the air in 1 week! I did hear that ZA-002 did have some minor issues with the landing gear on her maiden flight. Perhaps you could elaborate?

Merry Christmas to you & all your team at Boeing!

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Thank you David,

And Merry Christmas to you as well.

In answer to your question yes, during flight testing, dialogue between the pilots, chase plane pilots, and engineers can sometimes be heard over the Air Traffic Control system and misinterpreted. During the flight of Airplane 2, landing gear indicators provided some conflicting data. The pilots and the ground-based flight test engineers analyzed and resolved the issue. Keep in mind that this is the whole point of flight test - to identify and solve issues as they arise.

-- Randy Tinseth

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

The progress on the 787 front is moving and looking good. The ANA livery looks very fitting on the 787.

Kevin (Los Angeles, CA):

Thank you for sharing these pictures.

The large window size is even more noticeable on the ANA livery--this 767 size aircraft looks like a 737 size narrow body. The 787 indeed has a unique shape/look.

Thiagarajan (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia):

Congrats to Boeing again and looking forward to 747-8 first flight.

Merry Christmas and Happy New year 2010 to you & all at Boeing!

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