Fifth dimension

We got our first General Electric-powered 787 flying yesterday. It also happens to be the 5th Dreamliner to join the flight test fleet.


Up, up and away for this beautiful Dreamliner - first flight for the 5th 787 in the flight test fleet.

Leading ZA005’s first mission was Capt. Mike Bryan, Boeing Test & Evaluation pilot, with Capt. Mike Carriker, our chief pilot for the 787, flying in the right seat.

They reported that the airplane handled just as expected, no surprises. That’s what we like to hear after a first flight.

As with our other flight test airplanes, ZA005 will now spend a bit of time on the ground, going through tests and preparing for additional flight tests.

Remember, ground testing hours required on the program are just as important as flight testing hours. Time on the ground is put to good use.

By the way, there are only 2 GE-powered airplanes in our flight test program. Primarily we use them to demonstrate that regardless of engine type, the 787 handles and performs as expected.

We expect to fly the 2nd GE-powered 787 (the 6th flight test Dreamliner) by the end of next month.

Comments (3)

Alexandre Freddi (Sao Paulo SP Brazil):

You are simple the best. I love Boeing airplanes. I can't wait to see Continental's 787.


Norman from Washington DC (Long Beach, California, United States):

Great news, I can't wait to hear what it sounds like, the only thing is without the company logo you can't tell it from the Rolls Royce engine or vice versa.

David Dorothy (BCHS):

Gorgeous photo's, good to see the GenX engines performed well. Might be a new era in engine design.

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