Spirit in the sky

We’ve had so many memorable images this year already, but this one ranks up there with the best of them.


The first 787 Dreamliner, meets the Boeing Model 40, our first production commercial airplane, for an in-the-air rendezvous. Chief test pilot Mike Carriker flew ZA001 alongside the Model 40 at 12,000 feet for this shot.

Earlier this month in the skies over the Puget Sound area near Mt. Rainier, two pioneering airplanes met up for a photo op. The vintage 1928 Model 40 is the only flyable version of this airplane in the world and the oldest flying Boeing aircraft of any kind.

This is a very cool photo and moment because these airplanes bookend 80 years of technology and progress.

Comments (9)

Thiagarajan (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia):

A beautiful picture

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):


Kelly Powers (Houston, TX, USA):

Fantastic pic! Where can I obtain a poster-sized version? thx

Alaska Bush Pilot (Ft. Greely, Alaska):

Awesome photo opportunity, makes me wonder what that window was as the airspeeds have to be vastly different. Proud heritage and great lineage for sure.

Joanne (Houston, TX):

I'd like to get a framed print as a gift for my brother. Any idea if we will see this at the Boeing Store or the Boeing Photo Store Soon?


Dave (Sammamish, WA, King):

Will prints be available?

Barbara Coates (Kihei, Hawaii, U.S.):

I have been flying for the majority of my adult life - all over the U.S., the Carribean, to Europe a few times, and to Brazil. I love to fly and given the opportunity to travel, I will take it.

I just started working for Boeing in December of last year. I recently came back from a trip to the mainland where the strangest thing happened. Although I've never been afraid to get in a plane and go somewhere, on this trip I noticed myself feeling safer when I boarded and checking out details of the planes I'd never noticed before. It doesn't make much sense, since I'm not involved at all in airplane production, and I tried to figure out why I would feel this way.

I decided that since starting with this company, I've seen how Boeing treats employees, and I know that, for myself, the good treatment, the respect, the encouragement to do well, the support to improve myself, and the appreciation expressed for what I do, makes me want to do the best I can, and I figure the people working on those planes probably feel the same. I don't think I've ever worked anywhere where my company has treated me so well and encouraged success company-wide. It gave me a new sense of confidence to get on a Boeing plane and a great deal of pride to be part of the Boeing team.

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

What a shot, never before, likely never again, the progress of nearly 82 years of engineering coupled with the rising "flying class" that comes with the economy of scale and fuel efficient turbofan engines that bring down operational costs. I can imagine a shot like this taking first place on the annual AW&ST photo issue.

Kevin (Los Angeles, CA):

The picture looks almost surreal.

Also, I find it interesting that if the 747-100 City of Everett could be flown, it would occupy about the halfway point of the 80 year span.

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